chapter  6
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Community: cooperating collectively

As much as constructing walls, Lilac builds community. It’s odd to think of it in that way. But the social fabric, rather than just the physical fabric, is actually central to Lilac. What’s the point of creating beautiful places without a community that is going to nurture and thrive in that place? Community building is often overlooked. It’s the less visible aspect behind all the day-to-day busy-ness of construction, policy and planning issues. This chapter explores Lilac’s efforts to build and maintain a strong community. Rather than seeing buildings and people separately, then, we need to think in terms of co-dependency. A low impact project is a set of complex interactions between social, cultural, emotional, technical, legal and ecological systems. Together, they form a holistic, interdependent whole.