GREAT! Now that I have your attention I am going to bring up a topic that many have yet to talk about. Maybe the cause is ignorance, or perhaps the human race is just afraid of acknowledging the scientific facts in front of them, personally I believe it’s a mixture of both.
How are we reacting to the changes of this world? How is our ARCHITECTURE reacting to this overpopulation? What will happen when we exhaust our natural resources and building space? Claim the moon as building space? Maybe.
Lets review the facts –
The world population has experienced continuous growth since the end of the great famine and the black death in 1350 when it stood at 370 million. Since the industrial revolution in 1760, the population grew exponentially reaching 1 billion in 1804, growing even further to reach 6 billion in 1999, and 7 billion in 2011.
So basically humanity took since the existence of the Homosapien until 1804, to reach 1 billion, and then in 200 years managed to get multiplied by 6, and then to add another billion to its numbers in 12 years.
According to the UN, if this exponential growth continues, humanity will reach 16 billion by the year 2100
Can you imagine a 9 billion increase in population in less than a century? Off course you can! You’re Smart!
Now to the point –
Architecture has relatively well reacted to this increase of population, living in multi-storey buildings in individual flats is proof of that. The substantial number of skyscrapers already built is also a reaction to that overpopulation.
Building space is much harder to come by these days, so humanity has taken it upon itself to solve this problem.
How you ask?
Well, by burning down forests for a start. Building cities in vast deserts, and even creating artificial islands and then selling them for high-priced building space.
ALL AWESOME IDEAS – Don’t you think?
The fact is, humanity has managed to destroy most of its natural resources in a very short amount of time!
“God always forgives, Humans Sometimes, Nature Never” – Pope Francis
Food For Thought.
By Assaad Hakim
source: The Blogtato