Emerging Places of Repair: A Sustainable Urbanism Approach to Living in and with Cities—Inspired by Vine Deloria, Jr.’s Agent Ontology of Place

Authors: Briana Meier*, University of Oregon
Topics: Religion and Belief Systems , Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Geography
Keywords: Native American religion, Sustainable urbanism, Places of repair
Session Type: Virtual Paper
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This presentation proposes the concept of places of repair as a contribution to contemporary, sustainable urbanism in North America, starting with the everyday urban environment around us. The project is inspired by and builds on the work of Native American scholar and activist, Vine Deloria, Jr. by suggesting that Deloria’s work can inform how the everyday built environment is created, experienced, and cared for. I draw from Deloria’s explanation of sacred places by proposing that the agential capacity of places allows for the emergence of new sorts of sacred places, places of repair. This concept is presented through analysis of Deloria’s texts and discussion of two contemporary projects in the built environment of the North American Pacific Northwest.

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