Landmarks 

Landmarks create visual maps to locate places better. A well-designed landmark establishes a sense of memory one can’t forget. Identifying a place through it’s landmark makes it easier to reach, makes the city more prominent for its special landmark.  

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Heritage preservation

As much as it is to move ahead with time, it is important to hold on to the heritage of a place and preserve it. Many heritage monuments are in need of revival and development. Improving the buildings help boost tourism within the city and leaves a mark for the future generation. 

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Good hardscaping

A good flooring system is important for footpaths to be slip-resistant and allow a good grip. Flooring materials all across the city especially for footpaths and streets is important to encourage walkability and maintain cleanliness. 

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Good softscaping 

Planter boxes, bioswales, and water disposal systems must be integrated into streets. Bioswales, proper drainage systems must be installed within streets to prevent floods and to conserve and reuse the water. 

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Sharing spaces and resources 

Coworking spaces and living spaces help accommodate newer and younger crowds in the city. These spaces can bring different people in the same space and help exchange knowledge amongst young adults. 

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Organising markets

Organised and dedicated spaces for outdoor commercial activities help reduce cumbersome environments. Markets must be easy to enter and exit and must allow people to walk freely with minimum distance. It must offer wide variety of products such that people find most of what they are looking for in the same space. 

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Signages 

Every city must have proper signages to help navigate people easily. City needs signages everywhere to reduce traffic, movement in the wrong direction, avoiding accidents at night and helping pedestrians move across streets. 

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Maintaining Manholes

It must be seen that manholes are not left open and unattended. Regular maintenance must be done. They should not overfill or break leading to flowing waste water on the street. Hence regular checking is necessary. 

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Planting trees

Trees must be planted around the city to improve the air quality and provide better living environments for people. Trees provide cooler micro climate and good shading during hot summers. Trees must be strategically planted and chosen based on the location and it’s growth. 

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Street lighting

Street lights are a very important aspect of the urban environment. It creates safety and visibility for people. Street lights prevent accidents, helps a pedestrian look ahead, and create engaging space at night. 

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Author

Shreya M Jain is currently studying in 4th year of architecture. She believes that architecture is a reciprocation of one’s thoughts and feels that it creates a dialogue between people and its surroundings. Through her writing she wishes to share how time and space can create meaningful impressions in an individuals life.

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