THINK: Architecture

I don’t think that I need to be gifted at math or science to understand my role as an architect. I think good communities are made up of people who know that they are architects.

Humans are adept at creating comfortable spaces for themselves—spaces that they’ve measured out—spaces that they know. I don’t like you, I can keep you as far away from me as possible. I don’t understand or probably agree with what you believe—I’ll create a wall. You make me feel awkward, I’ll communicate with you through a window that is my computer screen.  You’re a part of that political party, well I’ve made a room for you in my house—and I never go there.

We like the places we build to be understandable. So we build rooms to hangout in to give us easy access to all the things we like. And create wings in the house that we never have to set foot into. We are so good at building these houses that we don’t even know we are doing it. Our houses reflect our own vision and our own desires—and our own fears.  In my humble opinion—the first step in creating a good community is being aware that you are building a community at all. Because when you become aware that you are building—you then become aware of how you are building—who you have in mind in the visioning of this project.

A good community considers all its members when it sets out to blueprint. And it includes all the members in the building process.  By engineering people in to the architectural process—you’ve put yourselves in one room. And, as you begin to build more rooms—you remember the common room—the room where you envisioned what this project might become. When you begin to build, and you begin to move outward—expanding spaces and going in different directions, you’ve begun to build a house you don’t understand yet.

Be amazed by the spaces that are created by trusting others with your resources, your talents, your vision, your work. In this you communicate that though you don’t know what the final product may end up looking like—you do know that there are spaces in the house you may never have been able to explore if someone else weren’t involved.

Good communities know that they are ever building.

The best communities create for and with one another.

Who do you engineer out of your life? What room do you hide in?Why? What does that intentional or unintentional wall building do to you? What does it do to the person you are pushing out? What does it do to the larger community? What kind of house are you building? How can it be an inviting space?

-Annie

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