In the face of growing environmental and economic urgencies, issues of sustainability and resiliency are moving to the forefront of planning and policy in cities and communities of all sizes. City planning paradigms are mutating from a focus on building creative cities to achieving sustainable cities. In the transition to a more environmentally sound society, the ‘greening’ initiatives of cultural enterprises; messages from writers, artists, NGOs, and the media; and experiments exploring new ways of living in the world all play important roles. This presentation proposes three avenues towards a more systematic integration of these ideas and practices into societal systems: crystallizing a ‘critical mass’ among these ‘alternative’ initiatives, integrating cultural considerations in governance and planning processes, and recovering the importance of community rituals.

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