This week, I’ll begin with an Instagram post
. Now, maybe you’re older than me, or just well-versed in 1970’s architecture, but this was my first time hearing the term, “conversation pits.” Having pretty much only seen these on Mad Men, I’ve never taken a moment to think about what a conversation pit represents. Safety issues aside, I love the notion that we might create a place where we literally, and figuratively, step into conversation.
Of course, those of us without conversation pits have still created places to do just this: to come together, in conversation. And as designers, we often create spaces for people to safely, meaningfully, and sometimes collaboratively, share their stories. Although we may be missing out on the plush couches and deep red hues, we still manage to step into conversation, together.