As a normal citizen, what one expects from the government is to have proper resources for his/her day to day life. This has been the major factor in the process of urban planning of most cities and towns. It is the different needs of the population that encourages the planner(planning board) to come up with a solution. This brings up the question of what the Next Big Thing or what the future city will be. Will it be made in a way such that its only purpose is to satisfy our necessities or will it be innovative with a bigger picture of a future society.
As a civil engineering student I have been taught to solve problems to help the society that we live in. And the question of the future city arises of what will be needed to get there. over the past few years I have had the chance to attend the Future City Competition http://futurecity.org/gallery, where students from middle school come up with brilliant ideas of future cities and present a 3D model of their vision of a future city would look like. This brings us back to the original question is this possible will its even happen or all these ideas will just get debated about and forgotten in a political argument.
While reading the text “Contemporary Urban planning” by Levy John, in chapter 6 I came across two individuals who were admired for their tremendous efforts in the planning of the cities that we live in today. One such individual was Robert Moses who is responsible for the New york metropolitan area and Baron Haussmann during 19th century Paris. Both of these individuals were idealistic and were confident about their vision of what the city should look like. They weren’t our modern day planners so of course they focused more on building a city rather than a home of the a regular individual, but they did accomplish something imaginative during that particular time period. Hoping for the discovery or innovation in this field is going to require something new a different approach.
Just like how the necessity for having a smart phone was created by the modern technology, may be we need people like Robert Moses and Baron Haussmann to be more innovative but without forgetting the opinion and welfare of the local population.