About Lego

Yes, most architects probably played with Lego as kids. Just like many hair stylists ran around with scissors, and most politicians played with the dog down the street, shunned by their peers as they were.

We loved lego, and the enduring appeal of the clutch-powered block speaks of the potential behind the plastic dimple. It wasn’t just about being “limited by your imagination” because, obviously, there were limits. Nobody had enough pocket money to buy everything. No, first it was about being able to follow a plan. And then it was with seeing how you could repurpose the blocks. How you could connect and create in ways that made your little brother jealous.

That's structurally unsound little girl. You really must try harder.

Over the years the sets have changed to where they’ve become increasingly prescriptive in design. Individual blocks will now more often fit a unique purpose. So, there’s less chance to use the imagination when building but, possibly, more so when playing. That’s not to say that imagination cannot still be at the forefront of design, be it in designing a utopian or dystopian view of our world.

More emotional personalities than us might bang on about never relinquishing childhood ambition, never forgetting about the inspiration that can come with such unrestrained freedom. We just like playing with Lego though. So we’ll take this opportunity to put in a request for Christmas. You’ll still have time to buy one of them and send it off if you get in now. Thanks.