In an urban context, real estate, construction and infrastructure together constitute the built environment. When a greenfield or brownfield design or redesign of a city or village town is planned, developed and managed to suit community needs, it is named as urban or rural development.
The cities of future would probably be found in combining new and smart ways of organizing the city rather than afterward structuring of roads and flyovers. We need not cross state borders to reach our workplaces, schools, and shopping distances – rather cities could return to human scale. It has been seen and proved with experience compact and walkable cities can be designed for encouraging high quality life, providing great variety and vitality to the residents.
Development is a long term commitment, linked with master planning spread over duration of 5 – 10 – 15 years within a community which leads to complete transition of a city/town/village. Urban development is linked to employment, affecting the quality of life of every member of a community and the livability of respective city or town, where implemented. The success or failure of any urban or rural development of a city/town center is not immediately visible.
The monstrous swelling city center and bleak wasteland of sprawling suburbs is a failure of urban development. A successful development requires extensive research, ground level study/surveys encompassing future physical, demographic, socio – cultural, economic and environmental projections. Hence the task of proposing development always entails a challenge with time and immense responsibility.