12 Jan '12, 2pm

Eight components of a "healing city":

Eight components of a "healing city":

Like several of the pillars in Holland’s 8 Dimensions of a Healing City list have done over the years, perhaps it’s time for the term sustainability itself to receive a facelift. I wrestle with the sustainability term as much as I wrestle with what the breadcrumb-dotted path to it may be. Resilience is a term gaining traction in many disciplines related to urban planning and the social sciences these days. Often, I find it says more about the symbiotic relationship between people and cities, our needs and aspirations, than sustainability alone. The latter feels too scientific and one-sided, like once we achieve it, we’ll know what the recipe is and that’ll be that. Rather, the real challenge is to constantly respond to new stresses, to balance competing concerns while fostering the physical, emotional, and spiritual outcomes we crave. I support your desire for the needs an...

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