One of the influences that is impacting architecture is the future of urban versus suburban debate. Urban proponents are convinced that they are right but are they? Recent studies revealed that more than 50% of their inhabitants would like to move out. Suburbia's low rise homes and low rise multi-family housing with surrounding landscape can provide many, healthy, quality, sustainable amenities that very few urbanites can experience. Here are a few:
Cleaner Air These mini-farms and parks with abundent vegetation absorb, retain and cleanse CO2 emissions providing an environment for raising healthy children.
Low Impact Development minimizes storm runoff; easily recycling rainfall with minimal retention methods like brick pavers allowing for evaporation and absorption process, naturally recharging rainfall and aquifers.
Mini-Parks Front, back or side yards can provide local recreation that stimulates creativity and recreation; sustaining health children as well as adults. These yards, plants and flower beds nurture the adult soul as well as the body.
Mini-Farms Fresh, healthy free vegetables and fruit can be raised.
Net Zero along with passive house is the mantra of the decade, working towards energy efficient homes. New as well as retrofitted existing homes can provide for their own energy needs from solar collection, potentially having excess for urbanites. These single family homes for example can adapt to seasonal climate changes successfully by simply opening windows for ventilation.
Transportation for suburbs is becoming more fuel efficient and less polluting along with the development of mass transportation. The culture change, working from home, has the potential to improve obviously improved commuting issues and needs.
Wildlife Habitats in backyards are being encouraged, certified, providing food, shelter and nesting for birds, insects and other critters. .
Seventy percent of densely populated, hard surface, high rise dwelling urban areas like New York and Chicago cannot provide or compete with the above listed suburban amenities.
Densely populated urban buildings preventing Net Zero objectives should be removed, replaced or retrofitted.