The RIBA is currently showing an exhibition entitled ‘A PLACE TO CALL HOME – Where we Live and Why’ in Mann Island, Liverpool.
Its a neat little exhibition guest curated by Sarah Beeney which illustrates how the ‘home’ has evolved over time – since the 18th century – in response to social climate changes, suburban expansion and post-war experimentation.
It features loads of interesting images and material from the RIBA library along with facts and figures which emphasise the english love of every man owning his own castle and how floor areas of UK homes are tiny in comparison to our European counterparts.
Most importantly, it highlighted to me the significance of designing good homes and spaces in which people have to live. I remember becomming tiresome in my first year-out with the continued flurry of house extensions and private dwellings that I ended up designing – wishing for the day I would get to design the elusive art gallery or crematorium.
As Sarah summarised in a recent interview when the exhibition opened though, “not many architects get to make a Shard or a Gherkin, and that most architecture is really about making places for people to live in”.