It is no secret that the whole world is urbanizing. People are moving into cities and that has caused a terrible housing crisis in cities all over the world. Creating spaces where more people can live and work together is going to be the future housing. Building farther out into towns and villages around cities has reached its practical peak and it is time for a change in how we think about housing and urbanization.
Transit, Transit, Transit
One of the biggest challenges in the modern city is getting people moving to where they need to go. The car is a poor substitute for a good transit system. With more people moving into cities, cities are becoming choked with traffic making the necessity of transit more important than ever. To make transit work, dense but spacious housing is essential. Putting housing near where people work in a denser way than the single family home allows transit to be efficient, it allows for efficient movement of people and it allows for shorter commuting time leaving people far healthier and with more time for leisure.
One of the biggest problems with the modern suburb and by extension, the modern city is how disconnected the spaces are from one another. People must drive to get to every space and spaces are often separated by large parking lots, large roads, or other large buildings. One of the great things about the new urbanism movement is the ability to connect living, working, and leisure spaces together with pathways and transit to make a whole space useful to everyone in the area. This allows people to seamlessly use all of a space instead of filling it with boring landscaping that serves no purpose or needlessly separates one space from another.
In this video from B1m, they interview architects who are at the forefront of the new urbanism movement to show they they are reinventing dense housing and housing to accommodate more people in better spaces, preserving local character, and creating a more connected, livable city.