Archive for the ‘Urban design’ Category
The connections between faith and city planning are undeniable. Faith-based groups rebuild areas after disasters, they develop affordable housing plans, and they help the poor. Additionally, social movements that have profoundly changed society, like the civil rights movement, were guided by faith. Yet planning education generally does not deal with faith.
Imagine a city run by Preacher’s Kids (PKs). Some might still attend church in their adult years or even have ministries of their own. They would likely have relatives who also grew up as PKs. Some would have taken the sense of a spiritual calling into other fields like journalism, teaching, nursing and medicine. Some [...]
Central Park is “a specimen of God’s handiwork” that its designer Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) said would heal “the hundreds of thousands of tired workers” of their “vital exhaustion,” “nervous irritation” and “constitutional depressions.”
A few weeks ago I jerked the steering wheel to the right and slid to a stop at a fire hydrant. Out of the corner of my eye, I had seen some people painting small crosses on the wall. This small faith sighting lead us a half mile away to a Hispanic church parking lot [...]
Many New York City churches today have a special mission and care for immigrants. Their acts of compassion are a modern day version of the lay and pastors welcoming new comers coming out of the 19th Century city and federal and immigration offices. Over the next few weeks, we will post from time to time [...]