More on the creation of a ‘sense of place’

Both in his lecture and the Q&A, Prof. Chapin discussed the influence of a ‘sense of place’ in leveraging stewardship.

For those interested in how to go about establishing such a sentiment, here is a talk by Prof. Nabeel Hamdi, author of The Placemaker’s Guide to Building Community and founder of the Masters in Development Practice at Oxford Brookes University. Hamdi emphasises, amongst other things, the importance of participatory planning in effectively creating a sense of belonging. Although his focus is on the urban environment, the principles outlined herein can similarly be adopted for fostering a sense of connection to nature, particularly in those who live apart from it.

And a case study in what happens when it all goes wrong: this TEDTalk by James H. Kunstler amusingly showcases the lack of civic design American suburbia. Thanks to John Zablocki for sharing this with me!

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