Sustainable Development is the use of renewable and nonrenewable resources in a manner that satisfies our current needs by using our natural resources. It does not compromise or hinder the future availability of those resources for the next generations. Achieving true sustainability requires us to balance social, economic and environmental sustainability equally. Social Sustainability is the also ability of society to balance and maintain good social progress and well-being. Environmental sustainability is the maintenance of the factors and practices that contribute to the quality of environment on a long-term basis. Economic sustainability is the ability of the economy to continue producing to a certain level. Today, people are not thinking about long term sustainable development, they are just trying to stay on top in present day. Big businesses for example, won’t compensate to use less resources which could cause them to make less money to benefit the future generations. An example of sustainable development is the incorporation of green spaces throughout the world. Green Spaces include places such as parks, natural meadows, wetlands and trees. These are the core components of any ecosystem. The most effective strategy of sustainable development in my opinion is to delegate power back into the biosphere. It has been proven that trees provide cooler areas and heavily treed areas are preferred by consumers.
Human Migration is the movement by people from one place to another. In this we looked at migration from a completely different light than I’ve ever viewed before. Migration is not necessarily the typical Immigrant Migration that’s prohibited by National law or the refugee migration, which is prohibited by the international law. The migration from rural areas to cities or slums has no law against it. There are many different forces that can cause people to migrate.They can be forced by the city, food shortages, war, nicer job opportunities, displacement or gentrification. Gentrification is a huge problem in the world today. Many wealthy companies and people are buying up the buildings and blocks that poor people live in and displacing them to “make the city better”. They are also building new buildings and shop with higher rent, which tends to and attract the types of people they want to live in those areas. This causes all the displaced low-income families to move to the nearest slums, projects or become homeless. This also happens with farmers in rural areas as they are pushed out and forced to migrate due to business raising the prices for feed, supermarkets trying to lower their prices and land grabs. In rural areas farmers have a lot of power to control most of the things around them, but when they are moved into cities they lose almost every ounce of the power they once had. Once big businesses and corporations are buying these large pieces of land to build on them. To accomplish this they are cutting down trees, which hurts our environmental sustainability. We need farms and green spaces to better our environments well-being.
Intelligent Cities are gaining stamina as we continue to approach this technological evolution. They are located in urban areas equipped with electronic sensors that supply data to increase the efficiency of organizational management. Including, but not limited to, hospital care, transportation, law abidance, educational systems, and utilities. The goal is to “reduce costs and resource consumption and to increase contact between citizens and government” to allow real-time response or intervention.
In creating a true collaboration, a cooperative platform must be created. All stakeholders must clearly see the value, be engaged, and believe that the applications presented are user friendly. For Instance, in public schools, several technological advances to build community relations in an urban environment were rolled out at once: Parentlink to allow parents access to grades and attendance, personal student Chromebooks for all students due to inability to finance computers in the home, and Wifi cards for underprivileged families. Parents became overstimulated and required some form of scaling to use the programs effectively for the betterment of student achievement and the production of accountable citizens. Stakeholders complained that the technology was not being accessed regularly by parents and low-income students were “jailbreaking” the computers to play games instead of researching topics to advance their educational experience. We have to make these technological experiences transformative to make them work for all citizens in the community to ensure that they don’t become obsolete and efficiency is improved throughout the city for all.
Land Grabbing is territorial infringement, Where corporations and governments come in and buy land up to develop certain urban spaces like malls and stadiums. Sometimes the business ventures lead to genocides or a seperation of the people. The territorial requires some sort of power, in order to have territory and control it you have to have the power to control it and today that power is the law. But the territorial can also connect the rural and the urban. In most big global cities they need the products or the resources from the rural to help them make their money. Large corporations and cities are starting to build their factories in the rural areas outside of the city to help produce products and using the lower-wage workers in the rural areas outside of their cities opposed to using the low wage workers in other countries. This is called scaling, making the most out of the resources they have within their territorial borders. The global economy requires a multitude of specialized economic capabilities, then the global actors of global firms needs to base themselves in multiple global cities in order to expand worldwide. The rapid growth of the financial industry and highly specialized services in cities creates not only high-level technical and administrative jobs, but also low-wage, unskilled jobs. This helps bring the rural and urban areas together.