Why We Exist
A high school student attended an informal d.talks conversation on “borders” held in a gallery. As others attending this conversation shared personal interpretations of a border and experiences on how borders affected them, he listened intently. Near the end of the discussion, he piped up to say that he thought it was wrong that there were limited transportation options in his neighbourhood. He doesn’t drive and he wanted a walkable neighbourhood. Was this design? He hadn’t realized it was until now, he said. But it certainly makes a difference in his life.
The light bulb moment this student encountered was due to the format of the conversation in a face-to-face setting. Borders might have been an intriguing topic, but it wasn’t a topic that sought answers to public transit. Instead, it was the evolution of this specific conversation on this day in this place that was meaningful enough for the student to make a connection with design’s effect on his life.