Language is never trivial.

If you think it means one thing and I think means another than how do we design revitalization in ways that prevent it from happening?

In 1964 the term “gentrification” emerges…

Ruth Glass, a sociologist coined the term gentrification in order to point at a certain dynamic that emerged in urban areas during redevelopment. ruth_glassGentrification: a dynamic that emerges when poor urban neighborhoods—through a process of renovation, restoration and residential shifts—change in ways such that current residents can no longer afford to live or work in their neighborhoods

Displacement was and still is the essence of the term “gentrification.”

Gentrification, one type of Serial Forced Displacement.

In the Gentrification (k)NOT Movie Dr. Mindy Fullilove, a psychiatrist who studies cities and health, talks about how a system of Serial Force Displacement destroys health.

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“WE are living in the midst of a long series of policies, all of which do the same thing,  displace poor people and people of color from their communities. The names have changed but the game is the same. It is a system of elements that has been used over the decades that destroys communities.” 

Who is the real enemy?        Language and the images we co-create.
– Gentrification (k)NOT Movie

 We need a new word to describe revitalization without  gentrification. 

We know what it is, so how do we prevent it from happening during the revitalization of a neighborhood? — You tell us.


cyber_circularityCircular Dynamics: change the language, change the thinking, change the thinking, change the doing, change the doing, change the language….

Three things we might want to change:

Dialectical conversations rather than debates nested in hierarchical/achievement oriented practices. Presence/processes rather than a purpose/goal directed processes thus consciousness. Formulations of Desires through conversations when designing constraints relevant to desires. (Larry Richards)

When nested together, hierarchical thinking, purpose and belief generate a triumvirate that maintains a status quo. A triumvirate relation distinguishes three notable things as existing in relations to one another. Wheres triadic relations connotes three notable things that are interdependent on each other in order to exist. For example, the chicken, egg and rooster. (H. von Forester)

“If we desire a better world we must name the world we desire.”
Amos Wilson

Desires in the domain of:
biology: conserve love. (H. Maturana)
the social:  conserve conversations. (G. Past)
politics:  conserve participation by all. (L. Richards)
economics:  conserve basic human needs being met. (M. Brun)
ecology: conserve interconnections of all living systems. (MC. Bateson)

Passions — guided one’s doing not beliefs since beliefs stifle newness in our descriptions and thus explanations.

Question: When does the power of a respondent (1), the power of images (2), and the responsibility of a designer (3) generate a relation I desire?

Related Readings and Viewings 

Paradigms: The Inertia of Language
Languaging Language
Richards ASC 2012
Root Shock

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