After recently graduating University, I moved my home office into a larger, separate room to create a space entirely for my design work and allow me to have a place where I can reach out and have all my creative material directly at my fingertips.
This move, and resulting creative space, has produced a really open environment for me to do work in. Both in the sense of physical area and also within my mind, as I now have a place dedicated to my design and continued learning. I have a lot of room left for additions to be made and am looking forward to filling some spaces with new possibilities and products.
As a part of one of my university assessments, I once wrote a piece on the importance of designing for a sense of place. It began as a topic I had not largely encountered before, and ended with four thousand words and the expansion of my understanding on the significance of the role space and place play within all aspects of life. A particularly fascinating element of the piece was learning about the origin of the words space and place, and the longstanding debate around the both of them. This article inspired my interest in the topic and it has been only recently as I have been creating my own space, that I realised that I had been referring to it as both a space and a place. As such, I was putting emotional importance in both of the terms, likening myself to the thought that neither space nor place can exist without the other.
Place … is a part of the terrestrial surface that is not equivalent to any other, that cannot be exchanged with any other without everything changing. Instead with space [place as location] each part can be substituted for another without anything being altered, precisely how when two things that have the same weight are moved from one side of a scale to another without compromising the balance.
(“Space and Place” 2016)
While I initially thought I disagreed with this statement, being that my space could not be altered otherwise it would lose its connection to me, I have now realised that it is the objects placed within the space that connect it to me so. In a Leibnizian view, it is the powers of events and objects taking place that make space appear “active”. The space exists because of relations between sites at which events and objects are located. This I feel, I relate to, in which I have created a space for design and creativity by placing certain events and objects within it. I can move the space to another place and it will travel and fit again, so long as the object and events placed within the space can make it feel "active" to me.
I have enjoyed this learning in the process of moving my office into a new space. When I remembered this topic that I had written about not so long ago, I was able to rethink my perspective on it due to the sudden reconnection I had with space and place.