A contemporary strategy to keep the city livable, accessible and affordable for everyone, regardless of your financial or social status.
The Hybrid City
The role of the city is to provide efficient access to all life needs, regardless of your financial or social status. Every person on earth wants to be able to organize his or her life as independently, safely and as well as possible. Cities offer opportunities and facilities and are therefore very popular. In 2050, it is expected that around 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. This puts our cities under enormous pressure.
Meanwhile, isolation and single-person households are increasing. Currently, there are more than 2.9 million single people in the Netherlands and this is expected to reach 3.4 million by 2030. Then 4 out of 10 households will consist of an individual. However, the housing supply for these target groups in our cities is currently limited and unaffordable. Strong growth in the number of singles requires an adapted housing supply in our cities.
Living in the city is becoming more and more expensive with the result that various groups of people are excluded. This while this diversity of people is so important for urban dynamics. In addition, the advancement of digitization and communication technology has a major impact on the awareness of the urban user and the way in which urban functions are used. This, combined with a shortage of houses and public green spaces, the polluted city air, the car that still has priority in the public domain and the quality of accommodations that leaves expectations, provide a critical attitude from the city user to its direct living environment and access to it.
People are the city. There are no cities without people. We cannot continue the way in which we are currently developing our cities and the way we live in our cities, without sacrificing the viability of our cities. These developments demands a contemporary and future-proof response from the city and the abandonment of the conventional view of how we are living together. The hybrid city is the future of urban development, but it started yesterday