All across the world, we are seeing sovereign states retreating from the world stage in favor of more nationalistic ideologies and rhetoric. Instead of cooperation between and among people with different backgrounds, we see division and fear. How can some of the most controversial global events from 2016 be solved? More livable cities may be the answer.
The environment we live in, the buildings we occupy, the land we use – all greatly impact our biology and psychology, and can determine our social and economic status. Greater access to public space, for example, promotes integration of residents and positively influences their sense of security and livability of an environment. If viable solutions start at the city level, we can look to places like Copenhagen as a model utopia: easy access to social services, modes of transportation, resources and most of all, trust in one another. What role does the design of a city play in overcoming the rising inequalities we witness today?
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