Viewpoint is a trends magazine and this issue covered the idea of our growing cities which helped to give some meat to my exploration. The lack of space and privacy is an issue we have now but will continue to get worse. By 2050 they estimate that 70% of the world’s population will be in cities, 40 of those being megacities with over 50 million inhabitants.
They said with this rapid urbanisation as we transition from rural to urban areas, cities will become the new ‘nations’. Describing the new cities to be a beehive’s which are busy and functional. However, with this mass expansion, it will be even more important to cater for our emotional needs as we lose privacy and space and find our selves on the move more (from where we live and work).
Cities have become disconnected with nature and have “never been considered to be good for you health”. However, they predict a push to make the cities a safe place. ‘Biophilia’ is going to play a key role, as we try to include nature back into the cities: natural light and plants.
the future of our ‘homes’ may seem bleak on current facts; however, there is an optimism as we look to cater for our emotional need in what will be a very condensed place.