April 25


'Slow' isn't just for food anymore

I remember the day I first heard the phrase “slow food.” I jumped with the inquisitive yet perplexed mix of excitement one has for a clever new idea. Slow food led to the slow-food movement and, with it, parallel explosions in the popularity of local organic food, the wider availability of organic produce, and the chic factor that defines farmers markets today. A grassroots movement began with that phrase, one that continues to take root and be popularized; yet, it still has a long way to grow.

In 1998, about the same time I learned about slow food, Elizabeth Farrelly, an architecture critic and essayist based in Sydney, Australia, coined the phrase “locatecture,” defining  it as a movement that “would build not only from local skills and materials but in a way that responds to local climate, manifests local memes and embodies local stories." She went on to define a “locatect” as one who “provides as strong a counterpoint to globalism as does the locavore.”

The age of “slow design” has arrived.

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