Biennale-Sessions_2018/6-8JUL: Hideaway

July 10th, 2018

 

Probably the first serious construction work children undertake is a blanket fort. For the structure to be built and withstand playing requires numerous attempts. And although it collapses frequently, this failure is not usually too painful, it takes only a few bruises before the right method is eventually discovered. Kids are thankfully not discouraged easily as to build is a natural way to learn about gravity and material properties.

Furniture found at home is transformed into various tents, hideaways and pillow forts not just to make a mess. Through these temporary pavilions children adjust the surrounding environment to their own scale. In a kind of primal way it gives a sense of safety by just reducing the height of the space and changing its proportions. This self-created space gives freedom to imagine, enhance creativity and invent new solutions.

This engagement to play is remarkable. But so is an architect’s way of designing and testing the building. One way it can be done is through a scale model. How similar it is to playing. What could be said is that we imagine and model possibly with the skills first acquired by building a blanket fort.

This is what this maquette represents. The first structural curiosities, creating a new space with known components, a temporary change to the known, an experiment. An architecture without architects.

 

Kamila Milewska


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