Architecture Optical Illusion for Architects of an African Environment

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Winston Churchill once said, “We Shape Our Buildings and Afterwards, Our Buildings Shape Us.” What did you see? Robert Laws, a Scottish missionary working in Malawi, Africa, showed this image to the Africans and Europeans and the answers varies according to their respective cultural background.

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East Africans that took part in the experiment said the lady was balancing a box on her head and the family is sitting under a tree, on the other hand, Europeans which as used to corners and rectangular architecture visualize the family in an indoor space with the box as a window opening.

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