Laudato Si 150: On Design

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website.

150. Given the interrelationship between living space and human behavior, those who design buildings, neighborhoods, public spaces and cities, ought to draw on the various disciplines which help us to understand people’s thought processes, symbolic language and ways of acting. It is not enough to seek the beauty of design. More precious still is the service we offer to another kind of beauty: people’s quality of life, their adaptation to the environment, encounter and mutual assistance. Here too, we see how important it is that urban planning always take into consideration the views of those who will live in these areas.

My sense is that modern architects and designers tend to be very sensitive to these factors. How is this accomplished? Serious dialogue. Which includes listening to many people.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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