Neighbors are perhaps the most basic unit of community. These relationships invite conviviality. We say hi to our neighbors. We share food and drinks in our backyards. We build spaces like front porches and community gardens in hopes that these interactions are lasting. These relationships create tension. We ask neighbors we share walls with to turn their music down at 3am. We ask them to keep their rambunctious dog leashed. These relationships build trust. We give neighbors an extra key to our house. We know they’re keeping an eye out for us. We look after their children. These relationships create communities— communities with whom we design. Who are your neighbors? How do the themes of conviviality, tension, trust, and community shape your relationship with them? How do these relationships, in turn, shape our communities?


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