Megacities – you either love or hate them. Constant life on the streets, a continuous flow of traffic, the typical “urban” noises, so much sensory overload – and just an overflow of inspiration on every corner. Those big cities make many of us feel alive; they provide the hustle and bustle that we want to be a part of. It’s for those who do not seek a quiet routine, but one that is exciting, constantly evolving, because you’re automatically an integral element of the complex system those megacities are. They are worlds in themselves; they function. And you roll with it.
Urban Development – Art and Architecture
In megacities, people with different perspectives meet. Thus, these places are hubs of innovation and development both in the fields of technology, art, and architecture. Cities are where creatives thrive. But because of the fact that those places are providing a “world to live” for masses of people, we need to built them smartly. Especially nowadays, it’s not just enough to have a pretty skyline. Architecture needs to be functional, made to accommodate the growing number of people while also providing a spacious feeling on top of keeping the sustainability factor in mind.
This is all crucial due to the fact that it’s the surroundings that shape the people, ideally inspire them, influence their mood and determine how they live their lives in a complex urban system. The quality of life plays a huge role and managing the masses of people streaming through the streets is a challenge that will have to be solved by architects and urban developers in a smart way.
Infrastructure creates the form of a city and enables life to go on […], in a certain way. – Paul Goldberger
We talk transportation, infrastructure, and public, as well as private places. No one wants to feel like they are trapped in a cage in those concrete jungles. The spirit of freedom needs to be conveyed by architecture. This is the developers’ future project.
Additionally, art is an incredibly important part of the urban sphere. It brings meaning to a society, as it reflects its various streams of thinking, makes public spaces friendlier, inspires, and oftentimes reflects the combination and development of past, present, and future. Art represents the diversity in megacities and, at the same time, humanizes them more. It’s an impeccable cultural value.
Life in a Megacity
Those who live in a megacity have found their spot. It’s their home. But it is almost impossible to truly know everything those urban agglomerations have to offer. This is because the urban body is frequently changing; there is a never-stopping flow that is hard to keep up with. Granted, those who call a certain city their home might think they know it – and, undoubtedly, they know how to navigate the urban grounds and know many spots. But, the truth is that everyone finds their specific place in a city, which makes it very difficult – also due to the size and rate of development – to truly see it all.
It takes a certain type of personality to live in a big city. One that is appreciative of constantly having people surround them; that enjoys frequent changes; longs for constant movement, development, and newness. It is that type of character that simply enjoys being part of a large bowl of mixed-together nationalities. Those people get their inspiration and creativity by interacting with different characters, enjoying colorful appearances and creations. Life in a megacity is for the dreamers, the visionaries, the creators.
Where the World Comes Together
People from all walks of life with different nationalities come together in our megacities. This is because many international companies are located in those large urban hubs, drawing in people from different countries. Cities are worlds in themselves, as they are multicultural melting pots. Therefore, larger populations of people with the same nationality oftentimes develop different cultural areas. We’ve all seen them: Little Italy, Chinatown, or other parts that symbolize the influence of those cultures.
Growing up in a big city, you get exposed to so many beautiful cultures. I’ve grown up with a lot of open eyes around me, that’s influenced my eyes to open. – Archy S. Marshall
Megacities are neutral grounds, so to speak. Everyone is welcome; the anonymity is oftentimes what makes many feel comfortable in their own skin, as simply so many different people make up this great urban body that you simply don’t feel different yourself, but just as part of it. Cities wouldn’t exist without their diversity of people, hence what makes it attractive for many seeking the big city life. The different cultures, the various career opportunities, the many arts and entertainment possibilities.
A Place of Worldliness
There is this worldliness that comes with megacities. The skyrocketing architecture, the individual people’s many stories, and maybe even the fact that we are technically just such a small part of this living, breathing entity that never sleeps. But let’s not forget that we are, together, creating those urban bodies, as we are an integral part of them. Many call a megacity home – and wouldn’t want to have it any other way, as seemingly endless opportunities in a micro-world of our real world allow for inspiration and challenges alike. Around the clock.
Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody. – Jane Jacobs
So, let’s always remember that the diversity that comes with it leads to greater innovation, creation, and glorious future visions.