It is a dignified aspect of being human - we all share this dignity - we experience spatial sensibility. We know when we are comfortable, cold, warm, cozy or fragile in a space. We are the body in the dance.
We walk the city streets; we sit in interior spaces; wander down lanes; respond to light, air, breezes in summer; We live in the built environment, seek shelter; play on open verandas and enjoy the view from balconies. Understanding how spaces affect our well-being and mood gives us the freedom to enjoy the world and presents a tool for healing from the barrages of life, death, dying & illness.
Our spatial sensibility also gives us a design tool to help build an aesthetically pleasing environment.
Travel opens the mind and body to consideration of places and spaces - large, open spaces; tight, contained spaces; pleasing spaces - interior spaces with high ceilings and light filled rooms; landscape spaces with white sandy beaches, green hilltops and distant mountains. Once this 'knowing' is engaged, we have choice to be cramped or free, liberated by a spatial aesthetic or restricted by it. Even in a pandemic, even in a lock down, we can reach into our spatial sensibilities - our understanding and experience of sense of place and we can use this 'knowing' to guide and heal us. Even when we cannot travel distances, we can pick up a pencil and draw our way out of any box; we can use our imagination to travel and create new worlds. We can dream our way into a better future and into future spaces, towns, cities and geographies that can heal the planet.