From the time I decided to be an Architect, first thing always my professors mentioned was How important is to think about people in design. How city’s physical form and life interact?
What factors influences the life rather than the building form? We should design our space for the people and people’s life. “We shall be more sweat with people” Jan Gahl
This very simple sentence opened a new way of thinking about people and public life to me.
“Cities must provide good condition for people to walk, stand, sit, watch, listen and talk” Jan Gahl
It seems that cities are started to be more livable for people.
By livable I mean the town centers has succeeded in providing places and walkable streets that invite community socializing and support all manner of festivals and events for the town residents, as well as the larger region.
Today, more than any time, human are faced with environmental and economic challenges that will shape our future generation, and test our resilience. People from across the region could tackle these challenges head- on and demonstrate solutions to building more livable, walkable, and healthier communities.
So over the course of an article I will write about how cities and suburban are succeeding in shaping livability from the perspective of 50 years from now. (Means traveling to future and explain our self-experience/observation about how cities and suburban are succeeding in shaping livability)
_ Rassia, S. T., & Pardalos, P. M. (2015). Future city architecture for optimal living. Cham, Switzerland: Springer .
_ Burayidi, M. A. (2001). Downtowns: Revitalizing the centers of small urban communities. New York: Garland.
_ Bigio, A. G., & Dahiya, B. (2004). Urban environment and infrastructure: Toward livable cities. Washington, DC: World Bank. doi:10.1596/0-8213- 5796-4
_ Gehl, J. (2010). Cities for people. Washington, DC: Island Press.
_ Gehl, J. (1996). Life between buildings: Using public space (3rd ed.). Copenhagen: Arkitektens Forlag.