Stairs | Ted Talk
This Ted Talk comes from the Small Thing, Big Idea Series. Architect David Rockwell dives into a short 3 minute clip about Stairs, the history of stairs, the importance of stairs, and the emotional/spiritual connection we have to stairs. In 3 minutes, your entire view of stairs will be changed and you will never take another step without considering the marvel of the staircase.
I think we gain two important pieces of wisdom from this TED. First, Architecture is art and those who understand the art, understand the fundamental ways it affects us. Secondly, even the most common things came from a big idea at some point, and they have made a huge impact for millennia.
Next time you are in a space or at a table, consider what feelings, emotion, and beauty the architects or designers wanted to convey. When you are stepping down from the Lincoln Memorial gleaming at the site of the National Mall, imagining the Civil Rights Movement, consider your step and the appreciation for our capitol that you gain because of a simple design concept implemented below your feet.