Emotional Architecture of a Village

A community, village, city, etc. has two primary types of architecture.

1) The physical kind. Buildings, sanitation and clean water systems, transportation, and so on.

2) Emotional architecture. This is the unity and love between members, their sense of connectedness around shared DNA, values, and a meaningful cultural story.

In New York City, where I'm from originally, it's unlikely I'll go cold in the winter. Unlikely the roof will leak. Unlikely the train will miss a beat. But who will care if I get sick? If I lose a valuable and can't find it? If I didn't come home at the usual time? Nobody, really.

In most rural, undeveloped villages, it's likely you'll be cold in cooler temperatures. The roof will leak probably, or completely collapse during a storm. You will have no other transportation option except walking or using a bike, usually on very rough roads.

But if you get sick, lose a valuable, or don't come home at the regular time, an alarm will sound and numbers of people, truly concerned about your welfare, will show up to help.

Which is the more important architecture to invest in?

It's surely a combination of the two but, I think, with the scales leaning slightly more towards emotional architecture.

If you don't feel safe, cared for, or seen as a member of the place you're living in, it doesn't matter what kind of palace you've built or how effective your drainage system is, you'll feel alone.