Where Spirit Meets Matter- A participatory gaze on collaborative planning for a United Church construction and development project

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Date created: 
2007
Keywords: 
Affordable housing
Community based action research
Community sustainability
Construction and development
Community planning
Community development
Sustainability
Community based action research
Construction
Church
And development
Abstract: 

Abstract The conundrum of what the community and individual roles are in the sustainability of our physical and social environments is a global issue taking precedence at a local scale. Tensions between neo-liberal forces and sustainability goals often alienate community members from participating in decision making and policy outcomes. Through the exploration of a grassroots, community-initiated, collaborative planning process for a construction project, the community-level reaction to global pressures, dominant rhetoric, and the social needs of the community becomes evident through gazing at the dynamics between the technical experts and community participants within the planning process. The dominant rhetoric of place, identity, and power from technical experts often transfer into the design and construction of built environments. While construction projects require the technical input of engineers, architects, and planners, input from community members—who will live, work, and utilize the built environments—is also critical to achieving sustainability goals.

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Language: 
English
Document type: 
Thesis
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Department: 
Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)
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