• Jana Fechová

Cities of the Future

Updated: Oct 3, 2021

Written by Jana Fechová, Slovakia

- Urban infrastructure - New type of community housing - Water as the basis of life

- Food self-sufficiency - Unity and spiritual dimension of the new society

A new type of community housing

Perhaps from the very beginning of the existence of civilization on earth, for easier survival, one has always tried to associate with certain types of communities. The same basic pattern persists to this day.

One tries to live in places where he has as much comfort as possible for himself and his family and where he will have his needs secured. The basic needs change from time to time in parallel with the change in society. It can be said that the very best model for community housing consists of the core, which consists of cities with offers of work and life in suburbs, utilized for downtime and family life.

The movement of people living in this type of housing looks like a wave, when in the morning traffic goes towards the city centers – work and in the afternoon out – the suburbs, towards relaxation. Of course, as the number of people increases, so does the number of cars and therefore air pollution, higher consumption of materials for their production and greater fuel consumption. However, with increasing problems for food growers around the world, there is a risk that supply will not be enough to meet demand.

In 2020, the number of trucks that bring food to Slovakia was up to 800 a day. It can therefore be said that we are a country that is heavily dependent on external food supplies. Our fields are mainly used for growing technically used crops and feed crops. Most of all, we import fruits, vegetables, meat and meat products which Slovak producers can also provide.

The most effective route to take would be to resume cooperative farm production, which would produce these common foods and which would have its cooperative local retail chain in smaller towns and villages, so that supply spreads locally rather than centrally. Where there is a sufficiently large supply of local healthy food, people will naturally come together and jobs would be established at an organic level.

This new and improved system of cultivation and local sales at designated community locations, both directly from smaller and urban gardens, could also bring more profit to people. This system works like a Farmer’s Market by specifying a contact point for the district's community to meet to sell or replace crops, while growers and customers gather there at a pre-agreed date. They exchange the goods directly, so there is no need for storage facilities or the need for energy to operate. Food is always fresh with a minimum of transport.

Since food production is the basis of any company, there will automatically be employment opportunities and the need for services for residents around such cooperative shops and community centers which will automatically benefit local residents.

A new society, in parallel with changing people's minds, is likely to stand on other foundations. There will be a greater need for centers for the sharing of goods that one does not use often, also because of travel and time, it will be more advantageous to have a common space where unnecessary items can be taken away for donation or exchange, a so-called "money-free zone" but continuously in a "brick-and-mortar store".

Changing people's minds by showing them how well an alternative can work leads to a greater interest in healthy lifestyles and modalities will also lead to a change in the way leisure time is spent. While in the past a person spent time on various social media platforms simply distracting himself