Le’go of your kiddie imagination for fun
A few months ago, I was required to attend a management training course to help ease my way into the editor’s chair.
One of the focus exercises involved building the tallest possible structure using only some dried spaghetti, string and masking tape so that it would support a rather large marshmallow.
Given my background in writing about design I thought I might have an advantage, but I freely admit that my team failed horribly.
The facilitator explained that in other tests, the most successful group by far were kindergarten children who took a creative and lateral approach to the task, making weird, wonderful — and successful — structures.
And it’s made me wonder how different our buildings would be if we invited young children to design them.
I suspect that rather than focusing on how a house should look, we’d end up with buildings based on function.
Development Control Plans would be set aside in favour of homes that were enjoyable to live in, that embraced a little bit of fun, perhaps including features like indoor swings or even trampolines in study areas to help stimulate thinking.
I’d love to see kitchens or bathrooms designed by kids.
Who knows, perhaps they would dispense with these rooms altogether in favour of cooking stations and washing corners for each room.
It’s an interesting thought given most architects are not considered to have hit their stride until they reach their 60s.
Imagine how amazing our world might be if we tapped into the fluid thinking of society’s youngest members and put their architectural ideas into practice.
It’s worth thinking about next time the kids are playing with Lego.