Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What Does An Organic Catholic Neighborhood Look Like?

Frampton Cottages, Alderton

Many people ask what an organic society would look like. They want to know how and where people would live. They want concrete examples of neighborhoods and towns that embody the

organic principles that are expounded in

Return to Order.

They would be surprised to learn that some of these principles are still alive and well in America, although not well known. There is a whole school of housing design called the New Urbanism that highlights the need for neighborhoods that integrate and unify society.

While this school does not have the full vision found in organic Christian society, it does provide concrete examples of organic housing and shows how it can be inexpensive, profitable and delightful.

One of the main proponents of the movement is Andres Duany, an architect who has actually built such housing projects successfully. During a presentation in San Antonio, Texas (see video), he shows slides of what an organic arrangement of housing would be like. He calls us back to our tradition, highlighting places like a Georgetown neighborhood in the nation’s capital which offers a wide range of housing options all within a several block area.

These various options unify people of different income levels, and facilitate the lives of those who need to work in the area. This diversity creates a sense of place that makes a community like this a delightful place to live and walk around in.

Read more:

No comments:

Post a Comment