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Blog topics : My Liveable City has always discussed and debated the following 5 themes and we are now keen to hear our readers’s views on them, (request you to adhere to the topics listed below, unrelated posts will be taken down by the admin) :
1. Affordable Housing
2. Inclusive Cities
3. Landscape, Environment & Sustainability
4. Technology & Innovation
5. Culture of Cities
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Posted by : Mitali, Mumbai, India, Media Professional
21 May, 2020 14:52:21
Mr.Shyam Khadekar, Co-Founder & Director, My Liveable City participated in a webminar on the future of city planning in the post COVID19 scenario. The webminar was conducted and moderated by Lou Zacharilla and John Jung, Co-founders of Intelligent Commmunity Forum.
Click this link to watch the full discussion : : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqaHhC2JrqQ
Posted by : Genoveva, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Architect
20 May, 2020 22:22:19
When we think on an ideal city, urbanism means including all. Who has access to some areas or fragments of a city and who stands apart. Three main aspects can change our ideals when we dream on Inclusive Cities.
Priorizing Children and Adolescents first
When we design different zones and areas in a city plan we cannot leave aside groups, thinking mainly that our urban interventions must involved children and adolescents, adults, senior, and pets. Designing a square with a playground for children must include games and green areas too. Hammocks, see-saw, monkey bars and other climbing structures but also a sand box, or any other logic games such as chess, cards or other table games or art centres in order to include everybody; but also given freedom for kids to choose with what to play and not imposing “a way” of playing, a mode they must follow.
The dimension of this area cannot be for few as the playgrounds we can see nowadays. Few games and scarcity, but also standardization tend children to play in a limited way. Little place to run, or to interact with other infants are not well seen. We must have in my mind when design inclusive parks for our kids to build structures where children can use their senses to get along, interact and create while they play and not given them fixed or so stilled areas.
Zones in Zones
Another fact to have in mind when we think of an inclusive city is mixture. Thinking in formal and informal market can guarantee access to everybody. Street markets, second hand stalls together with shops and galleries can provide a combination of shopping and walking, for different tastes and budgets.
The same for housing and neighbourhoods. The main aim to provide areas where having a life can be easy in terms of moving, transporting, producing, shopping, studying, Medicaid, and expansion. Reorganizing building areas or villages can be a big chance to propose a mixture of activities; this means a zone in another zone; overlapping neighbourhoods instead of economical or social segregation materializing politics of gender, minorities, and migration, providing access for all.
People need to feel they are part. So designing inclusive cities must include a good regulation on urban scales in order to adjust cities to people, to pedestrians mainly. Therefore there would be people being part of a city: they will be main characters of a scale that fits for them. We can go over and redesign outdoors, financial centres, malls, freeways, and downtowns for people, who will be in first scene on stages, architect and planners, are going to offer. As a consequence, people will live places and areas adding a personal meaning.
So let’s go on walking along the riverside, driving for work through green blocks or going around downtown can be ways we make our places of our own, places and cities that include us all first.
Posted by : Anushka, Mumbai, India, Student
19 May, 2020 15:09:20
Human-animal conflict, rise in sea levels, climate change and all the impacts on the environment due to human activity have somehow contributed to the rise of this pandemic. We should thus be aiming at coexistence with other beings and live in harmony with nature, for we don't have another planet to survive on. Sustainability has become subjective to various bureaucrats around the world and is being defined in ways one could only think of. Just when the lockdown began, India's environment ministry has been on a clearance spree to claim various developmental projects sustainable, when scientists and conservationists have condemned to it strongly with necessary evidence based on numerous ecological and social factors. Coal mining, hydel projects, thermal power plants and what not; such disasters in the making are paving way in India's most biodiverse land across states like Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mahrashtra, Karnataka and the list goes on. Many of the reserves and protected areas being World Heritage Sites. One such project gained massive momentum from the public who strongly oppose the project via emails and petitions through social media campaigns-The Etalin hydel project about which you can read more on my blog. The project has been claimed as sustainable but requires the felling of 2.7 lakh trees in the Dibang Valley which is also a seismically active zone and home to the Idu Mishmi tribe which have conserved the forests for decades together. The dam aims at generating 3000MW of electricity but the purpose of such tremendous power is still not clear due to the lack of transparency of information from the project proponent as well as the environment ministry's side. It questions the credibitly it holds when it has been claimed sustainable but opposed by nearly 290 scientists. Do we really need to reframe our definition of sustainability then? For putting the planet at stake would do good to no one.
Posted by : MItali, Mumbai, India, Media Professional
15 May, 2020 14:16:53
Interesting article featured in The Hindu : How architecture and design can evolve to make sense in a post-pandemic world
Posted by : Parisutha Rajan, Chennai, India, Landscape Architect
11 May, 2020 14:01:05
The Post COVID : Landscape Urbanism will appricate the following :
Community : Local and Social with a "Distance"
Well being : Mental and Physical with "Nature"
Life style : Slow and Steady with " Peace"
Infrastructure : Green to Grey with "Reason"
Posted by : Satish, Sri City, India, City Developer
08 May, 2020 15:58:49
The human being is a social animal but the global pandemic will have a paradigm-changing impact on social interactions, the future of City life, Built environment, Mobility preferences, and what we value in a City.
For several years the Information and Telecommunication Technology existed but people were not ready. The pandemic will probably speed up the Digitization of our Lifestyle. Organizational acceptance of WFH, Digital/ Virtual commute and globally distributed teams will only increase.
City dwellers will avoid non-critical meetings, daily commutes. Students will attend more Virtual classes and submit assignments digitally. Families will probably avoid crowded places like restaurants, malls, parks, theaters, or sports stadiums for a long time.
How will all this affect the City design, Public places, Mobility solutions and even design of Homes will be researched in the immediate future and will probably make a permanent impact on the thumb-rules of Urban Design, Commercial and Residential buildings.
Right now there are too many questions with no clear answers.
Future Commercial and Retail and Public Spaces –
Will the big malls and departmental stores exist in the same format, will digital dominate the buying behavior, Will cafe and Restaurant need redesign, Will the Theaters and Sports arena see spectators any time soon or people will prefer to watch on 4K (maybe 8K) home theaters. Will the walkways, Parks, and Plazas need a redesign to make them safer for users. Will we see more robots in public places providing services that are too unsafe for human workers.
Future Office –
Will the offices do more ‘hoteling’ and have only 50% of seats expecting rest WFH. Will the office be ‘social distancing friendly’. Will, there be fewer meeting rooms or spacing between the seats will be increased. Will there be a change in the reception and lobby area with a screening and sanitization space added. Will, there be more number (but smaller) cubicles to give employees the feeling of safety and a maybe rethink on open plan office, Will the office cafeteria exist in the same shape or there will be fundamental changes.
Future Home –
Will each home need an Office room. Will the design and layout be revisited to segregate living and Home-office area, With schools and Universities going virtual, will kids need a separate learning or virtual school room in the house, Will nature come into homes, Will the homes have a changing room at the entrance so that you can change and then enter the living area. Will the Apartment layout change to minimize interaction with other tenants.
One thing that I know is that the future of our Life in the city will certainly change and so will be the social interactions. I am looking forward to virtually work for the World from my City, fewer hours spent commuting, less jetlagged days, more time with family, a Cleaner Environment, and being a virtual citizen of multiple cities at the same time.
Welcome to post-COVID City and a New World.