Friday, January 6th, 2012
Polis, a secular urbanist blog, recently put out a fascinating podcast on faith and city planning. It’s a discussion between two MIT urban planning professors, Annette Kim and Phil Thompson. It’s really great listen. As Polis notes:
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, the social movements that have most profoundly changed society, like the Civil Rights Movement, were guided by faith.
Yet planning education generally does not deal with faith. “It’s this whole realm, and we come up against it all the time, but we keep ignoring it,” said Annette Kim, a professor at MIT. This podcast is a conversation between Kim and her colleague, Professor Phil Thompson, on the relationship between faith and planning. Should the study of faith traditions and values be part of a planning education?
If the podcast doesn’t display for you, please click here.
The original Polis blog post for this was tiny, and I basically quoted the whole thing, so let me make it up to them by encouraging you to check out the blog. What I like about this blog is how it covers a very different territory than I do, and notably has a very global flavor. This makes it very enlightening for me personally. Give them a look.