Imagination is the door to other worlds. Without it, we are trapped in a single reality that is bound by an eternal present. Confined to incremental change we draw from a static value system that does not reflect the rapidly changing environment around us. Imagination provides the key that enables us to see beyond the world as it presents itself so that we may conjure forth alternative possibilities as new configurations of space, matter, and time that help us invent our reality anew and forms the foundation of hope.

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Regenerative Architecture at KU Leuven, Belgium whose work explores the possibility of built constructions with characteristics that are associated with living things in that they can grow, metabolise, “feel,” die, and from their remains can be regenerated.