Toward a Better Tomorrow: The Vitality of Socially Engaged Architecture

How can we design communities that promote social engagement? The authors of an insightful article on ArchDaily, “Socially-Organized Housing: Biophilia, Connectivity, and Spirituality,” describe how incorporating natural and spiritual dimensions into city planning leads to well-being and a sense of connectedness.

Notable quote: “In ancient societies, an old tree, a large rock, prominent high ground, a particular stream or spring could be considered sacred (in the deepest religious sense), and thus protected from damage. Those societies built towns around sacred spaces, and endowed parts of what they built with a sacred meaning. Today, that quality is unfortunately dismissed as anachronistic.”

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