Conclusions: Pulling the threads together
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In this concluding chapter, our aim is to bring out useful lessons from our case studies, to help designers address place-identity issues through their work. To recap, we see five key questions which call for the designer’s attention. First, how can built form best support an open range of choices in our everyday lives, and how can it help us develop the sense of empowerment we need if we are to take advantage of these opportunities in practice? Second, how can design support the construction of a rooted sense of imagined community, needed to dispel the feelings of lonely rootlessness which so easily arise when choice becomes the supreme quality in so many of our lives? Third, how can this support for imagined community be achieved without drifting into a nostalgic culture of low expectations, which renders us fearful of living with others’ imagined communities? Fourth, how can this capacity for living together be actively promoted through transcultural, inclusive design? Fifth, and finally, how can built form help us contribute positively to the wider ecosystem of which humans form a part?