Posted by Paul Malo on September 01, 2002 at 08:32:52:
In Reply to: Please help by giving your views - this is my thesis topic posted by amit on September 01, 2002 at 08:03:47:
The issue of sprawl has been addressed frequently is these forums and elsewhere. You say:
"But the bottom line is that sprawling development consumes the limited supply of land and that means less nature, less farmland, and less rural tranquility for all of us. With sprawl the future seems grim."
That is a reasonable statement, so far as it goes. But the "bottom line" really is the demographic issue of the worldwide population explosion. It's a matter of supply and demand. There's only so much land (and other earthly resources) so what happens when the population keeps growing?
You may argue that we simply increase urban density, but how?
In a democratic society, policy is determined by the popular will. So long as families want to live in non-urban areas, for benefits provided that they consider preferable to urban life, it will be difficult to legislate urban development outwards as the population continues to expand.
Is anyone referring to the population problem in the current environmental conference in South Africa? Why not? There are reasons, but to develop them here goes beyond the architectural aspects of urbanism.