One foundation would be making our places more 'sustainable':
Sustainable Community Action
Another focus would be challenging the endless monotony of so many places
Futures Forum: For community and against sprawl ..... 'Strong Towns' and 'the end of the suburbs'
Here is one piece of urban design - together with garden cities, allotments, railways and canals - from the last century. It's all about the interrelationship of places:
What can Devizes learn from London—or Hebden Bridge? - Without the state
The neighbourhood plan is very much about 'place-making'
Placemaking - Wikipedia
- that is, recognising the relationship of people to where they live and work and interact:
Futures Forum: Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan event >>> gathering comprehensive evidence that will feed into the community-led plan
The Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan is working with a very experienced set of consultants:
Creating Excellence | for better places and communities
Finally, how can we get a sense of the places we live in?
“Not to find one's way in a city means little…
…But to lose oneself in a city as one loses oneself in a forest requires practice…
…Then the street names must call out to the lost wanderer like the snapping of dry twigs, and the small streets of the city-centre must reflect the time of day as clearly as the mountain hollow.”
— WALTER BENJAMIN
Welcome to the Flaneur Society
Or, as could be done right here:
Futures Forum: Take a walk in the forest
Futures Forum: Oh, go take a walk... in Sidmouth
With lots more to explore...
ArchWay With Words 2014: Will Self in conversation | The Upcoming
How to explore a new city: A wanderlust guide to tourism - Salon.com
Oh, Go Take a Walk - NYTimes.com