Spurred by his own observations, The Wandering Maker discovers the value of street, building, house and detail. He unravels constructions, cleans up, repairs and transforms; searches for a conscious way of dealing with the available material as a sustainable alternative for the fast conceptual and object-oriented approach.
In order to fathom the ambiguous and gradual process of creation, The Wandering Maker divides the act of ‘creating’ into seven skills: looking, playing, creating, moving, imagining, constructing and unravelling. Skills that continuously alternate, succeed and stimulate one another. They drive the design and creation process and nourish the creator’s experience and intuition.
Machiel Spaan is an architect, co-founder of the Amsterdam firm M3H Architecten and has taught at various architecture programmes in the Netherlands and beyond for over twenty years. The Wandering Maker reflects on his travels, observations, educational projects and architectural work.
“By bringing together many personal histories, The Wandering Maker creates a fascinating portrait in 21 chapters of the range of architectural possibilities that walking has provided him. Creating space is, by definition, a ‘slow’ activity.”