Cities & communities need many things in order to work well, function sustainably and build strong relationships with its inhabitants. One element that we can help with is making sure our cities are adaptable. The city's ability to adapt to changing conditions, people, needs, preferences, technology and other factors plays a key role in its long-term success and livability.
A perfect example of this is our streets. When we design (and yes, design matters) streets to be adaptable, ie be able to support different mobility needs and forms, we get safer, more livable streets. Conversely, when we're looking at only one dimension, such as accommodating the automobile, we get exactly that: car-dominated roads that aren't safe for anyone. Adaptable in this sense means flexible, multi-purpose and accommodating.
At Urban Impact Lab, we find a similar parallel with our work. We find it necessary to be nimble and responsive to the changing needs of the city and its people. We focus on various areas now, transportation, resilience, collaborative urbanism, but we know that will change.
The city challenges us to be as adaptive as we believe it needs to be. Game on!