Designing a city doesn’t come easy! It demands careful
planning as it is responsible for shaping human lives.
Starting with, the areas of the cities need to be strategically categorized
according to the type of growth required. Neglecting this factor brings an
imbalance between the societies within the city. The housing needs should be
catered for the poor before elevating them for the rich. Constructing
affordable housing societies should be promoted in areas like Gurgaon which
have land in abundance.
With the increasing environmental threats, it becomes very crucial to align the
design with the environment and climate of the city otherwise we can clearly
witness how tons of power is wasted in air conditioning, required to cut the
heat absorbed by ‘glass’ buildings in Gurgaon. Vernacular strategies could have
been adopted while designing those high rises.
The intent behind city planning ought to be understood beforehand. Planners
should realize the importance of the need of the hour and not just make the
cities develop for the sake of development. Catering to the basic needs of the
citizens should be the foremost thing. For example, public transportation
should be made efficient and clean so that everyone can use them instead of
taking out their private vehicles all the time. General stores and healthcare
centres should be constructed at proper distances to ensure comfort levels of
Apart from that, designing recreation zones and urban plazas again becomes very
important for people to be connected to their city. Alongside the pedestrian
walkways should be carefully developed. And of course, the greener the city,
better the living. This could encourage people to even paddle or walk to work.
What a pollution-free city it can be!
Also, usage of the existing resources taking care of the economic conditions of
the city will prevent the city to be in debt of to basic needs in the coming
Realizing the fact that the city is being designed or revitalized for the
people, it becomes necessary to take public interests into account.
City planning aims to meet the needs of many years down the line, hence the
design should be forward-looking taking care of future expectations and
expansions. The best example for this can be Lutyens Delhi. At that time, roads
constructed were wide enough to cater to the huge increment in traffic
efficiently in today’s time.
Services is a very important thing to be looked upon as we can see how the
streets of Gurgaon become drains with the slightest pour of rain. Blinded with
the moving forward attitude, a planner should take care to not lose the
identity of the city by stripping apart the history of that area. Instead, the
monuments could be preserved and developed as recreation areas. The law should
regulate the real estate bodies and industrialists who are driven by greed.
Exploiting the city in the name of commercialization should be discouraged.
What lies at the core of the entire process of designing a city is the inherent
need for human beings to live a chaos free life and thus, careful understanding
of the nuances and execution of this service should be of utmost importance.
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