Bugs and features

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Aerial view of English town and countryside

In this discussion I have tried to see supposed negative qualities as positive possibilities. ("It's not a bug, it's a feature!") There are many serious problems with today's places, but even so we can use some of the new qualities of contemporary places (especially, discontinuity and linkage) against others (especially simplification and commodification). We do not need to return to hierarchical villages or imperial cities, though we may want to borrow some of their spatial strategies.