As part of my honours year I have been researching and prototyping ways in which spaces within a city can become more adaptable to better deal with population growth.
Between 1900 and 2000 the increase in global population was three times greater than the entire history of humanity. There has been an increase from 1.5 to 6.1 billion in just 100 years. In response to rapid population growth cities globally have had an unsustainable and unimaginative response. The development of urban sprawl and high levels of demolition have been implemented to adjust to the rapidly changing needs of society. In response to this I will be analysing how adaptable spaces play an integral role in the sustainability and innovative outcomes of a city.
New Urbanism is a development strategy that is modelled on a traditional village, dependent on it’s proximity to a well. It re-introduces the idea that it is ideal when all necessary amenities are within walking distance. The key objective of new urbanism is to promote sustainable living though the reduction of urban sprawl and promotion of densification in cities. One approach that achieves the key objectives of New Urbanism is Adaptive Re-use. Adaptive re-use refers to the process of re-purposing an ineffective site or building. This strategy is a sustainable solution due to the lengthened life of the structure. It minimises the environmental and economical costs of alternate strategies such as demolition or urban sprawl.
Read more about Shareable Cities in my 2016 honours thesis: Enhancing Dense Cities