With the cold winter weather finally setting in and the end of the current government shutdown seemingly nowhere in sight, it seems as though 2019 is off to a rough start. Here are a few things to look forward to in 2019 and beyond.

The definition of sustainability to continue its growth and change in meaning

The term sustainability usually leads us to think of energy efficiency and conservation. It is just as important in the design of cities. But something that has moved into the spotlight is how we as humans experience the spaces in which we live. Functionality of space and design is important to how we function in our daily lives. If the city we live in lacks nature, public space, and an overall human scale, then it is less productive, functional, and livable. Making the places we live and work more sustainable has a positive effect on our well-being. We are now introducing terms into our everyday vocabulary such as “human-scale cities” and “biophilic cities,” which should give us all hope for the future of city design.

The goals that are being set for the future

On a global scale, goals are being set to make equality more attainable. The United Nations has created 17 Sustainable Development Goals that focus on subjects such as poverty, environmental degradation, and climate. These goals are set to be completed by 2030 which seems a bit daunting but is just another reason for us to have hope for the future.

About the Sustainable Development Goals

Access to clean water

Something that has stayed in the back of my mind for a few years now is Flint, Michigan and the water crisis that still affects the residents to this day. What is more worrying is the delayed response to this crisis and the permanence of its effects. But there are still many people, not just from the US, who lack access to clean water. World Vision is striving to give everyone all over the world access to clean water by 2030. This is in addition to one of the UN’s goals to avoid wasting water and reduce pollution that may contaminate clean water sources.

Further advancements in technology

The idea of a hyperloop is not new, but we might be closer to seeing one built than previously thought. Improvements to mass transit will make our destinations closer than ever before. Meanwhile, it is said that Artificial Intelligence may be integrated into our daily lives by 2050. It may even be able to help accomplish some of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

And don’t forget – the Pantone Color of the Year is Living Coral which will undoubtedly be used in many beautiful examples of art and architecture throughout the course of this year. 

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