María Belén Gómez
Smart cities and post-pandemic development
Recent studies have shown that the relationship between daily life and the use of technology, as we knew it before the pandemic, will never be the same again. Consultancies such as trendsity in charge of measuring the impact of the pandemic in areas such as digitalization and the implementation of smart cities show a new post-pandemic panorama. Where factors such as coworking, home automation and bioarchitecture will take the lead in the creation and planning of smart cities.
An invitation to greener development
After the long quarantine times, a change in the chip of the people was implemented in how the city exchanges with the natural. Smart cities present proposals where priority is given to energy care and connection of citizens with the green environment. Through the use of technology, it is intended to create spaces such as parks and more natural places within cities. In addition, through bioarchitecture and other advanced models, home gardens occupy a greater place in daily life, achieving the implementation of urban or community crops.
Trendsity's CEO explained that what is sought by implementing smart cities is a positive impact in favor of spaces where development, sustainability, urban design, and common welfare become the context of all households. The purpose of this proposal is not to leave cities without humans, but rather that humans are the ones who know how to take advantage of and enjoy what smart cities can offer them.
Smart cities as part of your household
In the staging of all within our homes, the dynamics and relationship with the physical space changed. This is why smart cities enter our homes with proposals such as home automation that facilitate life both inside and outside the home. These systems, which seek to be implemented for actions such as appliance control or security monitoring, have gained strength once it was necessary to return, little by little, to life in the presence of people.
Mobility is another sector where smart cities have contributed to better functioning. And with the return to face-to-face life, the experience becomes more pleasant, once the means of public transport can provide information on departure and arrival times, travel time, and any delays or emergencies in real-time, at the fingertips of all users. Likewise, designs for the use of means of transport such as bicycles, which allow individual mobility, had to be improved in order to create what some call the "15-minute city".
Working at home, living at work
Once we were all inside our homes, the line between separating workspace and home was physically broken. Now, by not having to commute to work on a daily basis, coworking spaces are intended to be created with all the amenities that smart cities are proposing. These spaces are intended to meet the needs of efficient and quality digital needs, so that people have available around the house a place that separates them from what is home to live, and the office to work.
The establishment of bimodal work models is a post-pandemic reality, and developing improvements in both work tools and the living environment are part of the challenges taken on by the creation of smart cities. It is also clear that these places will be designed in a nature-friendly manner, creating emotional well-being for the people who will occupy them.