The Common Ground team had a fantastic day pouring over ideas for the project at the Old Barn in Pollok Park.
It gave us a chance to hear more about each other’s work and research, as well as our own personal stories and experiences of housing and land, we thought a lot about how much we are shaped by the physical environments we live in, the types of the transport, the green space that exists nearby, how near we are to family - all of these have a genuine and profound influence on the shaping of who we are as individuals. A simple idea idea but it stayed with us, and also resonated with a quote that we keep coming back to from pioneering architect Christopher Alexander;
‘There is a myth, sometimes widespread, that a person need only do inner work, in order to be alive like this; that a man is entirely responsible for his own problems; and that to cure himself, he need only change himself… The fact is a person is so far formed by his surroundings, that his state of harmony depends entirely on his harmony with his surroundings.’
Taken from The Timeless Way of Building.
And it turns out this quote also inspired Charles Mongtomery, another thinker who has inspired us with his book Happy City, which asks questions about the intersections between happiness and urban design; it almost always comes back to positive social interaction, and that is something which we are embracing across every branch of the common ground project!