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humans, not where our cars fit in. and what has become of those spac- es, particularly in the post-war years when we were really focused on the automobile, and trying to remember; maybe wake up our imagination to the potential for that space. To be a place for recreation, for relaxation, for social interaction, all those other kinds of things that we do, not in our automobiles, but just as embodied creatures. That’s kind of a mouthful, but that’s the general subject. Cars are a big subject in the book and you bring up walking or being embodied and upright and how we experience the world in that state rather than in a car moving fast down the road. Perhaps you could expand on that piece a bit. I think one of the most natural things for us to do as humans is to walk. When we walk, I think we experience the world more fully with all of our senses. We see fine detail, we hear conversations or singing, we smell the smell of spring coming or what- have-you. All the things are more tuned as embodied creatures, when we’re walking. We experience things more slowly. In our cars, as we speed things up, less and less of our bod- ies are engaged in our environment. 10 • The Art of Faith Magazine • www.aofmag.com You can actually look at an example of the built environment and you can predict the speed at which you are intended to experience it. There are some places that are meant to be experienced at 30 miles an hour all the way up to 65 miles an hour. Think about the way it is laid out, the way the signs communicate infor- mation. You can see that they are engaging less and less of your body. On the faster end, you’ve got the Home Depot building, which is a huge space with an iconic color and an iconic font, that tells you there is a Home Depot there. You don’t have to even read the words “Home Depot,” you can just see a fragment of one of the letters and know that’s Home Depot. It’s not requiring a lot of you in terms of an embodied creature. Whereas, on the other end of the scale, a crowded farmers market (or if you’re traveling overseas and at a bazaar) where you have people sell- ing stuff out there on tables and you can’t move very fast, you are really smelling and hearing and tasting as you are navigating that space. One of my thoughts as Christians is that we were created as embodied creatures. When the Lord placed us in the gar- den and made things delightful for us as well as sustaining for us, my I think building on the environment and making places to live, and making places to produce things, and continuing to develop the potentials of cre- ation is part of our cultural mandate.” sense is that at least in that setting we were meant to engage the world in bodies. I think we have pulled away fro ѡЁѥ͕ٕ)́ͥ٥ɽ)ȁ̸]ٔ٥ȴ)͕ٕ́ѡЁѥѼѕ)ȁɔѱ䁡́ͽ)$ѡɔхѥѼ)ݽȁݡѡȁЁɕ䁥́)ݡѡȁݔٕeЁɕ䁱Ё)ͽ䁑́)ͼՍѥȁ̸)ȁѡЁѡ)ٕeЁɕѡݗeɔ)ͅ她ѡЁѡեЁȁѡ)եЁɕ́ɽȁѡѥ)ɔɽQ݅ݔɔ)Ёեȁ́ɽչ)́́ЁѡɥЁɕѥ])͡ձեЁݡɔݔЁ)Iаͽѕ丁 եѡ)٥ɽЁ́Ѽ)ٔ́ѼɽՍ)ѡ̰ѥեѼٕѡ)ѕѥ́ɕѥ́Ё)ձɅєѡЁ́)ѡհݽɬ ЁݔЁݥѠѡ)ɽ͕͔Ʌѥȁѡ)ѽ$Ёٕ͕)Ѽ̰ȁ͔$ݸݼ̸=)䁽ݹ́ݼ̰ݔ͔ѡѼ)ЁɽѼͥ)$ѡ́ɔЁѡeɔ͕)́䁽ȁ)ѼݡЁݔձѡݥ͔)QɅѥ䰁ԁݽձɽ䁱ٔ)͔՝ѼЁȁ)Ʌ́ݥѡЁѡȸeԁձ)݅ȁԁձх̸e)ձх危ȁݡеа)ԁѼЁѡɔե)ԁձյȁȸ]Ёݔ)ٔܰȁЁɕ䰁)ѡЁѡ䁍eЁɑ䁅ѡ)ݥѡЁѥѡȁȸ%Ё́)ѥѼЁѡɔѱեȰ)Ё́ͥѼѡQ)́ݥѠ͔ͽ)͕Օ́ѡЁݔٕeЁɕ)ѕȁ́ɽչ$e)ѡ$՝ЁЁѡ)qQM ݕtЁɱ)qM̰݅$ѡЁѡ)ɕѥɕЁ̰ݡݔ)х́ͅЁe)ɕ䁕ЁɥȁѼ]ɱ]ȁ%$Aɥ)Ѽ]ɱ]ȁ%$ݡԁ݅)չѥ̰ԁձЁѽ)ѼɥٔѥչѥɅѡ)ѱ䁥ȁɡ)݅Ѽȁѵ̰݅)Ѽȁɽɥ̰ѡи) Ёͥݔɥ٥̴)ͥ䰁ݡЁѽѼɥٔ)ձeЁչѥ䁵ɔ])ѼЁѡ̸%Ё́ѡ)ͅȁͽȁ̸-͕́Ѽ)Ѽ݅Ѽѡɡ)QЁѠ5饹ܹ