In part one of this series, I explained how a traditional city design endangers its citizens while throwing in some “Disney magic” with an analogy about how Elsa’s powers in the movie Frozen endangered herself and others.
Instead of giving Elsa space to grow and understand her powers, her parents misunderstood the troll’s advice and isolated her. This only worsened the princess’s fear of herself.
Cities Need To Utilize Space In Smarter Ways
Similarly, cities have not been arranged to utilize space effectively. Their “power” grows with each new individual that moves in; however, they don’t control this power in the proper manner. They stuff everyone into tiny spaces, much like Elsa stuffed away her fear.
The result is that people get hurt.
Cities need to restructure the way they approach these large scale problems. Here at ATS Secured, restructuring, rebuilding and starting from the drawing board is just part of our culture. We strive to not just create alternatives, but revolutionary solutions for longstanding problems.
Kent Larson’s TED Talk titled “Brilliant Designs to Fit More People in Every City” contains several new approaches to the current challenges that face the growing metropolis.
Paris: The Model City
One of the main solutions he proposed was to mimic city models that matured before cars became part of the mainstream. Paris is made up of 20 little neighborhoods called arrondissements, each of which contains the basic shops and facilities that people need within a five to ten minute walk.
This subdues traffic problems to a minimum, because most people don’t need a car on a daily basis. They walk or bike to wherever they need to go. This beautifully addresses one major disease as well: obesity. If more people walked everywhere, then exercise would be a normal part of an everyday routine.
More solutions to come in the next series installment!