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The Built Environment

March 30, 2012

Roads are designed to make it easy to drive on the right.  They could just as easily be built for driving on the left, but they’re not.

Supermarkets are designed to influence people to buy more food.  They could just as easily be built to influence people to make healthy dietary choices, but they’re not.

Buildings are designed to rely on unlimited imported water and energy inputs.  They could just as easily be built to be conservers of water and net producers of energy, but they’re not.

Cities are designed to facilitate the flow of automobile traffic.  They could just as easily be built to provide community ties and easy access to the necessities of life, but they’re not.

Schools are designed to instill uniformity, obedience, and competitive isolation.  They could just as easily be built to provide creative opportunity, to nurture curiosity and wonder, and to promote collaborative innovation, but they’re not.

What are some of the things you might not be doing just because you aren’t?

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