A Bioregional Perspective: the place vocation
by Alejandro Meitin
Communities are identified with systems that are environmentally recognizable through a comprehensive totality definable as the place vocation. This integration of the place’s symbolic role and the form built in the natural landscape has been represented by art in most cultures.
Advanced research on immunodeficiency recognizes that the human body is connected to the environment by means of a neurochemical communication network that determines our health and wellbeing to a great extent.
Thus, in order to be connected with the environment, it is not necessary to develop a sense of sentimentality or mysticism, not even a vital and intense sense of connection with nature. It is simply necessary to understand the place vocation and to “give advantage” to that feeling, recognizing that the environment -its cultural and natural manifestations- is only an extension of who we are.
In this way, the bioregional perspective of place vocation is strengthened for the purpose of integrating an emergent movement arising from a communal life experience in the form of an autonomous area in which the antipower of cultural and natural remnants grows and acquires corporeal existence in the co-operation, in the flow of life, in the consideration of a movement displayed as a social doing. The work installed through this doing emerges in the experience of collective life and creates the world.
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