Designing on the edge

Last month ten early childhood policy and thought leaders converged on the rural west Alabama town of Newbern in Hale County to engage with the work of Auburn University’s Rural Studio, the design-build program of Auburn’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.

Among Capita’s roles is curation — creating space to span gaps and build bridges across disciplines, sectors, and ways of knowing — by creating temporary communities of passionate and thoughtful people representing different points-of-view and diverse expertise. Last month’s trip to Alabama — which provided an extended opportunity to dialogue between early childhood and architecture while allowing participants to disconnect from their day-to-day— is a prime example of the why curation is valuable to continuing to build the knowledge necessary to cultivate the future for children and families.