A Story to tell

A Story to tell The TED Radio Hour piece about storytelling. While it shouldn’t come as a surprise that books, plays, poems, paintings or music tell stories, many folks don’t realize that home design can, and should, tell a story too. In a sense, a home’s design should go beyond just the factual, quantifiable (2,000 square feet, three bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms etc.) and readily discernible (colonial, gourmet kitchen, wonderful view). But how does a home’s design do this? How, in fact, can a collection of wood, brick, concrete etc. tell a story? Can we create a narrative? While it may be satisfying to have the story all laid out before us, the opportunity to make up our own narrative based on just the barest of facts can be richer. For a home to allow this, it has to be inviting. It has to draw us in. It has to encourage us to create, to use our imagination. Will we care? Whether with the simplest of forms and commonest of materials or not, a home should tell us how it was crafted. And it should enable its inhabitants, past and present, to tell their story. The ways in which they lived, their memories of past events and their hopes for the future should somehow be written in bricks and mortar. Embark on a journey. Stories that resonate are those that include a journey, a traveling from point A to point B. Can our home do this as well? Can our home tell us about a journey from bedroom to kitchen? Can our home tell us what season it is by the way the light falls on the floor? Can our home mark the passage of time, as with grooves notched on a door frame indicating the growth of a child?