These days I’m utterly fascinated by the growth of cities across the country. Although there are wide economic and social reasons for this trend, the result is not only burgeoning urban sites, but a resurgence in local nuances that make their way into design.
There is such importance in “place.”
For one, we better understand each other when we’re introduced to each other’s cultural
differences. As I’m writing this, I’m in Helsinki, Finland, for the city’s annual design week. The
ongoing themes include the need to better understand each other.
It has been mentioned throughout my time here that the current global political climate –
not just in the U.S. but also beyond our own boarders – necessitates better understanding
of one another. It’s easy to make assumptions and sit alone in our comfortable bubble rather
than do the work in dismantling the stereotypes and prejudices that we’ve inherited.
Easy is nice; it doesn’t interrupt the hectic work of everyday life that we have in front of
us. But it doesn’t do anything to push us forward as a society.
Place is also necessary in our efforts toward a more sustainable future. The trend toward
“farm to table,” for example, isn’t just a fancy nicety; it’s less impactful on the environment
and the way we lived until only recently.
The celebration of place through design specifies from more local resources, provides
makers more opportunities in their own communities and decreases environmental impact.
This is my third issue since taking the helm as editor-in-chief in which local cities have
been the focus. It’s always one of my favorite themes because it has opened my eyes
to seeing the places I travel to through a new lens. Minute material and product choices
become magnified. And it gives me hope for where design is headed.
For example, the recently opened Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Field Notes, p. 22),
provides an original space for collaboration and community. Or like the importance of locale
that Nu Wa, a new Los Angeles-based stone and tile company, puts on where it sources its
materials (Profile, p. 34).
As always, we would love to hear about your favorite designs in your community, reaching
out beyond the metropolises that are the norm in design magazines. I love to get ideas on
the newest places to check out or hear how cities are growing into their own.
The Importance of Place
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