January 26, 2011
KIDS IN SPACE: Documenting the child’s perspective of architectural design


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architect At only 19 months of age, Wyatt is still free of the socially constructed barriers we see all around us on a day-to-day basis as adults. Some of these pictures illustrate how the intuitive explorations of a child could certainly help designers critique these invisible barriers as superfluous (crawling in a small space) to necessary (toilet explorations). –Caleb Mulvena, Studio Mapos

educator From the child’s perspective the space seems full of possibility for exploration. The bold colors and arrangement of displays invites them in to touch and investigate. Smaller areas combined with open spaces draw the child to specific areas allowing them to become more intimately involved in the space and the displays. –Rachael Skinner, Special Educator and Conductor

parent Wyatt has a natural curiosity and a knack for finding trouble — hence the wires and the toilet. Wish I could say that seeing him doing this was isolated to the location, but it’s actually an everyday occurrence. If it’s dirty or dangerous, he’s there. –Laura Kenney, Wyatt’s Mom

photographer Child logic is curious; it literally marks the flow of curiosity. I often wonder what would happen if more people could be counted on to maintain the same level of curiosity into adulthood – would design then need to account for it in order to achieve sophistication?Sarah Sloboda


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