Do you know by 2050, more than 70 per cent of the world population will live in urban cities? Urbanisation is taking place faster in Asia compared to other regions; it comes as no surprise as 21 of the 30 largest cities of the world are in this part of the world. While cities are considered as cradles of collective creativity, the Coronavirus has forced the world to rethink its idea of urbanization and density. While the trend of urbanization will continue to grow in Asia, the COVID-19 crisis will change the function of cities.
People may look to improve ventilation, a way to interact with sunlight and greenery, and more outdoor areas in their homes. These demands are achievable with good developers and vision, even in a densely populated place. The world, especially designers, can learn a lot from the remarkable example of Hong Kong. However, they still need to work more on ventilation and building airy homes.
The infrastructure of a city is a reflection of the government's priorities and shows what they care about. It's a physical manifestation of their ideas, concepts, and what they want to provide to the people. For example, in Singapore, the government cares about the spaces and greenery. It is predicted that in the future, there will be a connection between private developers, government, and designers so that every citizen can have access to airy homes that are surrounded by greenery.
The future: innovation, creativity, and sustainability
We have to talk about how every organisation should consider how they want to emerge from the pandemic. All over the world, professionals are mobilising their resources and expertise to cope with these challenging times. But they are also thinking wisely and looking at the future. It's important that they plan and reflect on what the world actually needs and what they are offering to the world. Even at the end of this pandemic, the climate crisis will still pose a threat to the global environment, so it still calls for action and a response. However, the baby steps we are taking to transform our lifestyle into something environmentally friendly is a victory in itself.
The design cycle was pretty much as frenetic as the fashion cycle before coronavirus. Designers were introducing new collections under pressure, without considering if their collection was relevant to the situation or not. But now many prominent designers are considering what they should bring in the market at this time and that is something we should be optimistic about. Let's hope that communities will start appreciating the real value of creativity. This pandemic has given you the time to reflect upon your lifestyle and how you do things.
Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, rightly said, "When we are no longer able to change the situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."
This quote is relevant in this chaotic environment. Whether its finance, design, or other businesses, it's time to find ways to do better than before. If you know better, you do better.