As architects we often find easy to understand spaces yet difficult to convey them to those with a lesser trained eye, and it is because of this that we are both criticised and misunderstood. We are not going to claim that everyone is the same or responds to the same type of motivations, but most often than not, architects are idealist people looking to build a better world yet they are perceived in a different way by the general public.
Last spring, the Royal academy's "Sensing Spaces" successfully showed to the public architecture in the way that architects see it rather than the way they talk about it. Without drawings and through experiencing , those participating in the exhibition were able to explain what many have failed previously.
The message was clear: Architecture transforms spaces, and trough play and first hand experience, the appreciation for the built environment and its effect on our lives could grow. More so, as it does, so will the demand for quality.
Because we believe so, we decided to "record" our visit and share it with our nieces and nephews on the site we created for them (here) and their response was a wonderful discussion full of new ideas.
If we could find a way to continue to communicate with the inhabitants of our buildings, how many more ideas would we be able to have?, how many more places to imagine? and how much better understood we would be?