Dear Reader ~
This is the first of what I hope will be many letters to you. I will keep this one short because I don’t have much to say.
What you are to read is the labor of many; many who I hope will experience that grand feeling of fruition when this is published.
Within our growing digital infrastructure, a nostalgia for tacticity has recently entered the minds and desires of many. Perhaps this year’s ‘in print’ format will remedy an otherwise digitally spent afternoon or two; and after you’re done, you can hoist it on to your colleagues and family members. Leave it for someone to find, somewhere… at a cafe table or metro stop; slipped between books in a library, on a welcome mat, in a mailbox…
Ultimately, the ask here is simple. Only that you follow the narrative laid out for you and find a truth to reckon with.
Together we will ask: what if our buildings made us healthier, and happier? how are certain people already being affected?
Together, we will lament the loss of humanity in the digital realm, our increasing isolation, and the many causes of it. But, we will also reinforce the obvious need for social resilience, of communication, of community, of participatory and inclusive planning.
Together, at the very end, we will face all of these paradoxes at once – framed by a maddeningly simple (or, simply maddening) question and you’ll find that we have just returned to the very beginning.