Building Surfaces
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We begin our lives as aquanauts, floating comfortably in the embryonic fluid in the womb. At birth we make the dramatic transition from the womb to the room as our predominant surrounding.

However, we have very little direct contact with building surfaces and they are nowhere near as comfortable or nurturing as those of the womb. Only the bottoms of our feet, insulated by shoes and socks are encouraged to touch most floors. Door knobs, light switches, thermostats, faucets etc. mark the few square inches of wall surface that it's OK to put a finger on. And ceilings are completely out of reach.

By re-understanding and re-texturing floors, walls and ceilings, we can convert them from containers into frameworks which enable a classroom to become almost as good as a tree for supporting growth.

To make this point clear, if not absurd, we filled two rubber orange work gloves with sponge and stapled them to ledgers (see "Ledgers") at the Regional Center (see RC). Although we have not actually seen it happen yet, one of these days a kid is suddenly going to find herself being hugged by a wall. When it does happen, we'll know that we can retire having accomplished our purpose.

Growing Places