Discussion Boards – 5 – The Built Environment

The Built Environment

Summary of The Built Environment discussion from the previous consultation in January 2021

  • Since the pandemic, people have been using parks and trails and travelling from urban environments to rural settings to exercise. People have discovered new aspects of their local areas through walking and this has also contributed to an increased sense of community and familiarity with neighbours. This outdoor exercise trend may be elastic once indoor recreation opens up. The sociability factor may also be elastic as this has seen to have been elastic when restrictions were lifted after each lockdown during the pandemic.
  • There has been a focus on the high density built environment, the impact on the Central Business Districts and the multi-use of offices in light of the working from home trend during the pandemic.

  • With the changed focus on cities during the pandemic, it is necessary to look at how better to design cities. With working from home and home schooling, it may be useful to look at a more blended approach to how we use city spaces. Residential spaces may take over from office spaces and create a more convivial city centre away from office blocks. How do we make city spaces more liveable?
  • There is an unintended consequence of people travelling out to the peri urban and rural settings and those places not having the infrastructure to deal with so many people.

What are your thoughts on this topic? What do you think the solutions to this topic are as we move out of the pandemic?


  1. Dan Burden
    February 28, 2021 at 12:35 pm · Reply

    The move from downtowns to suburban malls has run its course. In the U.S. alone, there are over 3,000 malls declaring bankruptcy. These malls have the infrastructure in place to convert to market demanded villages. Many new needs in housing, basic services, green infrastructure, and far less pavement can make these into true sustainable living centers.

  2. Dan Burden
    February 28, 2021 at 1:14 pm · Reply

    Only 50% of the housing and other buildings we will need by 2050 have been built. Repurposing homes, parks, streets, neighborhoods, and cities is THE new industry.

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