Future homes

The future design of cities is the topic of a new book from the chair of Livable Environments and UBC professor Patrick Condon. Design ideas for the future include small housing because there are estimates that 80 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities within 40 years.

Mr Condon has spent over 30 years researching sustainable city design along with work as an urban planner along with teaching students.

He says people entering the work force right now will be spending four decades in the workforce, the professor says countries need to meet targets set by the Paris Agreement which is designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Condon has said that the book help point out unique challenges for city planners and politicians at all levels of government. The development of the Toronto urban renewal project located in Toronto Portlands is a good example. All three levels of government are involved in this large scale redevelopment that is changing a former industrial area in a new urban landscape with the Don River being a large part of the project.

The author says that people moving around the globe has changed things with the recent coronavirus spread  being a good example of how things now happen in the globalized world. 

Mr. Condon says “The millennial generation is faced with issues like not having a place to live” and that is obvious with the number of people looking for rental housing in cities like New York and Vancouver.

Mr. Condon book examines how in the globally connected world, economic, demographic, environmental and social issues that need to be addressed in relation to housing and real estate.

Urban designers have to consider how to make sure their plans help to solve the potential problem of having two levels of society.

Mr. Condon says that cities like Vancouver have the problem of workers not being able to compete for housing being the global aspect of large city development.

Because of the projected growth in the next forty years Cordon says that developers and city planners have to plan for city growth with these numbers in mind.

 He has mentioned that Vancouver has development transit projects that closely resemble the problems being discussed in Toronto. The discussions regarding the Broadway rail line sounds alot like the development of the Scarborough subway line. He mentions that the Broadline line is costing a huge of amount of money that could be spread out and help the whole transit line in Vancouver. Like the Scarborough subway which has a huge cost which could have been used in a different manner with an LRT line like the Eglington subway line.