Intercultural Urbanism

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Anthropologists have long known that humans are, in many ways, what they build. It’s human nature to invest cultural meaning in both landscape and architecture, and to draw comfort and inspiration from them. Thus, the built environment can either enhance or erode the commitments that people make to the places where they live and, of course, the commitments they make to each other. The more sensitive that urban designers, planners, architects, and developers are to the role that culture plays in how people interact with landscape and built space—especially in today’s increasingly diverse urban communities—the better the chances for building neighborhoods and cities that are environmentally and culturally sustainable.