Is it important to be Empathic to the Society while Designing Residential Communities?

July 11, 2020

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometimes in your life, you will have been all of these’’ – Buddha.‍

Many projects and business models are being planned with society in mind and society is evolving. Despite a lot of growth, there are certain voids and certain discontent that living spaces create for their residents. There are many micro-economies that are crucial to the functioning of particular areas and they are proven to be important. Unfortunately, they are not seen as business models. They don’t provide a huge turnover but support large populations. They are not tied to larger economies but create self-sufficiency for the areas.

Thus, an architect needs to empathize with the situation of the people and understand their problems and emotions. Empathy, understanding, and compassion can lead to the creation of an economic model that functions in the Indian way. Societal issues should not be looked at with apathy but with empathy. Then we can understand these problems and find and build solutions for them. For example, culturally beautiful flea markets and market places like Sultan Bazaar in Hyderabad, resonate with individual and family’s needs. Such spaces are increasingly giving way to monstrous supermarkets with amazing options and a wide range. We must learn how to organize ourselves better from the West but in turn, shouldn’t kill our own culture and economy’s function.

For example, we can learn from Milan how some areas have been converted into complete pathways for pedestrians and no vehicles are allowed. If we’re able to learn to get the best from the globe and club them with local sensibilities, we will achieve the purpose of creating harmony.

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