Sacred Civics argues that societal transformation requires that spirituality and sacred values are essential to reimagining patterns of how we live, organize and govern ourselves, determine and distribute wealth, inhabit and design cities, and construct relationships with others and with nature.

The book brings together transdisciplinary and global academics, professionals, and activists from a range of backgrounds to question assumptions that are fused deep into the code of how societies operate, and to draw on extraordinary wisdom from ancient Indigenous traditions; to social and political movements like Black Lives Matter, the commons, and wellbeing economies; to technologies for participatory futures where people collaborate to reimagine and change culture. Looking at cities and human settlements as the sites of transformation, the book focuses on values, commons, and wisdom to demonstrate that how we choose to live together, to recognize interdependencies, to build, grow, create, and love—matters.

Using multiple methodologies to integrate varied knowledge forms and practices, this truly ground-breaking volume includes contributions from renowned and rising voices. Sacred Civics is a must-read for anyone interested in intersectional discussions on social justice, inclusivity, participatory design, healthy communities, and future cities.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781003199816, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

part |41 pages


chapter 1|30 pages

Imagine Shaping Cities as if People, Land, and Nature Were Sacred

ByJayne Engle, Julian Agyeman, Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook
Size: 1.42 MB

chapter 2|9 pages

Awakening Seven Generation Cities

ByTanya Chung-Tiam-Fook, Jayne Engle, Julian Agyeman
Size: 1.56 MB

part I|48 pages


chapter 3|13 pages

Honouring the Sacred in Cities

Indigenous Teachings for City Building
ByTanya Chung-Tiam-Fook
Size: 0.68 MB

chapter 4|13 pages

The Black CommonsA Framework for Recognition, Reconciliation, Reparations

ByJulian Agyeman, Kofi Boone
Size: 1.01 MB

chapter 5|9 pages

(Un)situated Improvisation

ByAbdouMaliq Simone
Size: 0.70 MB

chapter 6|11 pages

Co-creating the Cities We Deserve through Indigenous Knowledge

ByGinger Gosnell-Myers
Size: 0.63 MB

part II|55 pages


chapter 7|14 pages

Unsettling the Coloniality of Foresight

ByAarathi Krishnan
Size: 0.72 MB

chapter 8|15 pages

Inhabiting the Edge

ByEdgar Pieterse
Size: 7.15 MB

chapter 9|11 pages

Reconciling Relationships with the Land through Land Acknowledgements

ByDeborah McGregor, Emma Nelson
Size: 0.69 MB

chapter 10|13 pages

Urban Planning Oscillations

Seeking a Tongan Way before and after the 2006 Riots
ByYvonne Takau, Michelle Thompson-Fawcett
Size: 4.54 MB

part III|43 pages


chapter 11|17 pages

Social Infrastructure for Our Times

Building Participatory Systems that Value the Creativity of Everyone
ByJayne Engle, Tessy Britton, Pamela Glode-Desrochers
Size: 6.30 MB

chapter 12|11 pages

The Ceremony of Reclaiming Agency through Wonder

ByCatherine Tàmmaro
Size: 3.91 MB

chapter 13|13 pages

Feminist, Antiracist Values for Climate Justice

Moving beyond Climate Isolationism
ByJennie C. Stephens
Size: 0.73 MB

part IV|52 pages


chapter 14|11 pages

Participatory Futures

Reimagining the City Together
ByKathy Peach, Laurie Smith
Size: 0.72 MB

chapter 15|9 pages

Basque Civics

ByGorka Espiau, Itziar Moreno
Size: 0.69 MB

chapter 16|13 pages

Commons Economies in Action

Mutualizing Urban Provisioning Systems
ByMichel Bauwens, Rok Kranjc, Jose Ramos
Size: 1.20 MB

chapter 17|17 pages

Radicle Civics—Unconstituting Society

Building 21st-Century Civic Infrastructures
ByFang-Jui “Fang-Raye” Chang, Indy Johar
Size: 4.15 MB