Urban environments don’t just emerge out of nowhere. There is a lot of planning and work that goes into creating them. Communities then have to emerge within them. Sometimes, this happens naturally, but building communities requires certain things to be in place as well. It’s a long and complex process, but here are some of the most important things that go into planning urban environments and building communities.
Making Spaces Usable
First of all, an urban area’s spaces have to be usable. Zoning can be used to designate which spaces can be used for which things. So, there will be space for houses, transport routes, shopping districts, offices etc. Zones can also be combined to contain more than one kind of building. To make these spaces usable, basic things that we all take for granted have to be put in place. Things like street lighting poles and street markings all have to be planned out and installed. And that’s just a couple of examples of what is required in order to make urban spaces usable.
Collaborating with the People Who Live There
Collaboration is always a big part of the planning process. People often already live in these spaces, so when an urban space is being redeveloped, working with people who are already there is essential. If you don’t, you might end up making decisions that negatively affect the lives of the people who you are supposed to be helping. That’s not what anyone wants to happen when they work in the field of urban development. After all, people and communities are what matter most when it comes to developing and changing urban spaces for the better. Everything else is secondary.
Organising All Forms of Transportation
Transportation is vital in any urban space. There is no urban environment in the world that doesn’t factor in transportation. If governments and companies failed to do the proper planning with regards to transport, the city would not be functional. This starts with roads. The way in which roads are planned out and designed has an impact on traffic and how swiftly it moves along each day. Public transport is just as important. To free up space on the roads and cut congestion, good buses and railway services need to be provided around the city. It can cut emissions and make the area greener too.
Offering Public Spaces Open to Everyone
Public spaces are vitally important. Without good public spaces where people can go to relax and have free time, people’s lives would be more restricted. This is becoming a bigger and bigger problem right now. Many public spaces are being bought off by private interests and closed off to citizens. So, having green spaces and fighting the privatization of public areas is more important right now than ever before. It’s something that many urban and city planners are working hard to make happen. With good regulations and clever planning, it can be done. Citizens feel more at home when spaces are open, and they’re not restricted.