Sustainability – A key for tourism post COVID times

 Thursday, January 28, 2021 


Inner-city public parks are essential preserves for home-grown inhabitants. Currently, deficiency of space to create them is the main problem that several cities are facing. As a result, architects have been compelled to re-imagine the way in which flourishing green surroundings in condensed cities are planned and implemented.

One Dumaguete, a city–based architect is forcing the borders in the way public parks should be shaped up during Covid situations.

“We need to create city ‘lungs’ or urban gardens in the densest areas,” said architect Ned Carlos. The easiest way is by planting numerous trees in and around the city. Near the major roads, Greenbelts of indigenous trees should be planted. It will help to offset the emission of carbon dioxide. Environment wise, this translates to tons of carbon dioxide that are not polluting the air.

“We must redesign the way a city functions if we are to leave our children and grandchildren—who will be raising children of their own—a city that is functional and healthy,” he said. “Today, if there’s one thing we must always keep in mind, it is the heritage we leave our children.”

“It’s also high time for city planners and the local government to focus on safe, secure, convenient, well-managed and well-designed streets that recognize the value of short-walking trips.”

The city streets should be planned keeping in mind the safety and maintenance of the foot travelers, elderly as well as the disabled. The main target is to endorse street and public space development so that people traveling on foot can use and enjoy equally. The vision in general is to help the aged people as well as the disabled to get out and walk confidently and lead independent lives.

The architect mentions speeding vehicles, broken or blemished pavements, sidewalk motorcyclists, poorly manned crossings, insufficient lighting, inadequate street signage and inadequate names of the streets as the most hated hazards for the travelers, be it foreign or local. He suggested however building more walkable neighborhoods, one-stop shops, cycling pavements (for bicycles), jogging paths, proper zoning and urban gardens for canopy trees and landscaping.

“Sustainability should make excellent business and tourism sense because our cities are part of a global climate,” the architect concludes. “It is only prudent for everyone to contribute as little to it as possible.”

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