Post covid, outdoor social activities have been evermore important. It is key that our cities adapt to this new way of life, which in turn means architecture has to do so also. New architecture within cities must provide facilities for the occupant to be able to engage outside. Not just open spaces but designed, well throughout infrastructure that enhances the unique experience of the outdoors in an urban setting.
In a time where our environment is diminished each day, it is of the utmost importance that we think of new ways to give back what ut urban spaces have taken. The notion of the city excluding the natural world is a barbaric and outdated one. For cities to truly be sustainable they much embrace the environment in new and exciting ways. Utilising the natural resources that gave so much to the humans that settled on the land once again but to benefit not just themselves.
Statistics say that we as a city have already built well over half of the structure we will be using in decades to come, yet we still keep building more and more. However, this can only last so long. As a society, we need to find ways to reuse what we already have in the built environment. This should be the norm rather than the exception. We have a fascination with history and preservation but only with building deemed appealing. The re-use and rebirth of existing infrastructure is the way to a sustainable industry, even for infrastructure that may not be the cream of the crop.
The majority of post-industrial cities centre around a key body of water. The industrial revolution saw this. However very little still remember how much of a commodity they once were. The rivers of the built environment were the lifeblood of a city only 200 years ago. It's time that Glasgow began looking at the river as a new opportunity to bring the industry back to the local level. Gone are smoke chimneys and shipping yard but much new industry is ready for the taking. Cities only need to embrace what they already have lying dormant in their landscape