The ambiguity or disorientation that occurs between stages in ritual ceremonies are what anthropologists call Liminal Space. The fear of the ‘next’ is something which clearly resonate with any graduating class. However, as students it can get tiresome being told we know nothing about how the “real world” works. Our response to this is simple- you’re probably right, but that's not such a bad thing. Collectively we’ve spent the past few years of our degrees exercising what architecture can do in potential worlds mostly unhinged from reality. This freedom has empowered each and everyone one of us to imagine future places and spaces which we think should exist. For the most part, these design exercises will unfortunately never come to fruition. However, the passion and energy we pack into these potential worlds should and can translate into the “real world”.
For the most part, this intense learning process is a shared experience of all designers, academics, practitioners not only this graduating class. We have all at some point been between stages in our careers where we imagined the way we think the world should be without the constraints of resourcing, engineers or budgets.
By embracing and celebrating this unstable state of transition we acknowledge that right now we are all in-between something. Some of us in-between student and not a student, some of us between our undergraduate and master degrees, and for some of you between the “real world” and what you imagined long ago what it should be.
We choose to embrace the inbetween-ness. To learn new lessons from whatever comes next out there in the “real world”, while holding onto the naivety and freedom that can provide unique perspectives and hopefully ridiculous ideas that might just work out. Our youth and inexperience is an asset, since being naive allows us to realise what we think is a better world for people.
One day we will design extraordinary things for our world, but before then we must imagine, experiment, learn and create. Between our futures and our nows is the space in-between, the liminal space, the place where our naivety shines.