It’s all about connectivity. For example, the local urban agricultural scene. It’s not just about growing food in urban settings. The real essence of it is individuals and communities taking back ownership of their lives through local employment, creating a community system that feeds itself, literally and figuratively. It’s about creating conditions for this to flourish, which can catalyze and create unforeseen values. The old urban planning model is B.S. If we give people the means to take care of their immediate needs, then all kinds of unforeseen values can arise from that. If we create incentives so that people can figure out how to help themselves, then everyone can be free to breathe and create.
You can’t PLAN that, you can’t ENGINEER that. And that’s coming from an engineer.