ideas for cities

This Big City on tumblr is your source for ideas that can make cities better. It is curated by Joe Peach and Lucas Lindsey.

Joe founded This Big City in 2009. He is a Marketing professional and works in one of London's most sustainable buildings.

Lucas is an urbanist, futurist, and blogger. He's the child of a suburban nation, but born again believer in an urban future. He lives in Tallahassee, USA.

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Hi! I'm very interested in this topic of green urbanisation in supporting the billions of people that will be added to the planet in the next couple of decades. But the thing is many people do not like the idea of living in densely populated cities and in small apartments. It will inevitably result in overcrowding, and many desire to live in houses with their own back yard. What would you say would be the solution to this? Thanks x

Asked by lin-deng

Thanks for the question! This is an interesting one. It’s true that some people may not like the idea of dense living, but we can’t assume that the future is full of everyone getting things they are comfortable with. The present isn’t even that. So we may have to just lump it. Our desires change over time, often shaped by economic considerations. In the future, our wants are likely to be different to what they are today, and the pressures of urbanisation are likely to have shaped them. 

- Joe