A new developer blog is now live on the Pathfinder Online site that details a bit of the design philosophy the team is utilizing with regard to persistence and construction. Players will be able to create (and destroy) buildings that everyone will be able to see and interact with in a move that is sure to please sandbox fans everywhere.
According to the dev blog, NPCs will have settlements that players will be familiar with but that those would "be the exception rather than the rule" in the game world. Players will be able to seek out and build on sites throughout the world that may or may not require a specific type of building to be constructed.
Players will be able to build hideouts, inns, watchtowers, forts and settlements. Devs also have in mind to let players construct and improve roads to these buildings.
It's a great read with lots of promise. Check it out on the Pathfinder Online site.