Friday, January 11, 2008

Intimacy, Curiosity, Trust, and Play

"The problem is how to restore intimacy, curiosity, trust, and play into the happenstance encounter of citizens, in an era when the happenstance and the unpredictable are a threat," says Toronto’s Poet Laureate, Pier Giorgio DiCicco at the Walk21 conference in October in "a blistering speech" (according to Spacing magazine). "We will not save the environment until we have found a reason for living together. Until we discover civic care in each other, until we restore the city to its definition as a place of unexpected intimacies, not just as a place of amenities, convenience, business, and entertainment, we will not have sustainability. ... It is not cars that are the enemy of the pedestrian. The enemy is the absence of civic communion, the lack of empathic citizenship, our inability to see cohabitation as that place where we enjoy ourselves, by enjoying others. ... If all we want is clean and well-designed cities, it will likely come to pass. But in the long run, to save the environment means that we will want to save the environment not just for ourselves, but for each other. And to reverence each other means that we will have to discover each other."

This seems like something the arts might want to think about...

(h/t Community Arts Network --

1 comment:

Praxis Theatre said...

Wow. Spacing is the best magazine in Toronto. It is the very embodiment of localism. It breathes its agenda of compassionate engagement into the lungs of this great town.

This is a wonderful quote.

(P.S. Spacing has a great blog, too, here.)