More and more, architects and planners are jumping on the band-wagon of “place” and “placemaking” as a hot new trend in sustainability. While this is good news, it also has the potential of becoming more of the same. If we continue to see place and placemaking in human centric terms, we will engage in this movement with the same mind that got us into this mess in the first place. What is required, therefore, first and foremost is a metanoia (a fundamental change of mind) in how we view place.
From a living systems view, the phenomena of place and placemaking are not just human processes but rather larger planetary processes in which we as humans have a role to serve. To gain perspective, take the Andean perspective of the process of placemaking (more…)