If you’re listening to this, you are the resistance.

“This is John Connor: If you’re listening to this, you are the resistance.”

– John Connor (duh)

OK.   I know I just quoted one of the shittiest movies ever to destroy a good franchise (that was already wrecked by the third movie (which we won’t even discuss)) and that most people wouldn’t say Terminator 4 had a lot to do with green building or with architecture and design of any sort but I do really like the sentiment.

Everyone is responsible for creating the world they want to live in. We are all the resistance to the forces of homogeneity and bad design.

So … If you’re reading this, you are the resistance.

What can we all do to make design better?

1. Pay attention:

Simply being aware of the built environment around us is the first step.   Its easy to take bad design for granted when we live in a world surrounded by strip mall parking lots and big box stores and CMU block elementary schools.  But it wasn’t always like this and it doesn’t have to stay this way.  Lets start by noticing when we’re surrounded by good design and when we’re in the middle of the bad stuff.

2. Get involved:

There are any number of organizations that encourage creative, activist design.  Here are just a few well worth checking out, getting involved with and supporting:

Architecture for Humanity

Design Corps

Rose Enterprise Fellowship

The Rural Studio

The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

3. Vote:

This one’s been on my mind a lot lately. Our publicly funded social support system is being de-funded at an alarming rate.  Sure, we’re in an economic crisis here but these are the times when people most need help.  Ever two years we get a new chance to weigh in on what kind of government we want to have running things and its important to remember to participate in the system.

The next time your community puts up a referendum for a new school or library, support it. First we need to fund our public buildings properly and then we all (as citizens) need to get involved with their design.

4. Put your money where your ideals are.

We can vote with our dollars as well as on election day.  Although we probably can’t make Walmart go away simply by vowing never to darken its doors again, we can choose to support specific types of organizations and businesses with our money … and by extension the buildings they operate in.  Think of this as just one more reason to walk to a downtown business rather than drive and park in a strip mall – you’ll support an historic building or two in the process.

And here’s a little taste of the Christian Bale’s raspy over-dramatized voice …

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One response to “If you’re listening to this, you are the resistance.

  1. You are right. We are all responsible for the building blight that we see and move among.
    We should support public building that is sustainable and beautiful, and we should not add to the problem in our personal choices.

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