In discussions with Arif Sahab during the time I was interning with him, his view point regarding the change in the cities came into discussion. His conclusion has been simply, “PEOPLE WANT TO BE MODERN”. According to him, people are sick of those chains of traditions that are holding them back.
This discussion came about from a thesis proposal that I had been running by him, it was in its initial phase, and it was more of an idea than anything concrete.My idea was that people of different ethnic backgrounds lose out on their cultural identity in cities, where the lack of diversified housing lacks in tending to their needs.
Arif Sahab – whose opinion is worth more mine any second of any day – disagreed with this thought process of mine, for his experience said that people move to the cities because they want to be modern, and embrace a new and fast-paced life. This discussion took place at a time when I was reseaching for my paper for the THAAP Conference, and this was the basic idea that I wanted to work with. But my research and talks with people of the area of my research led me to conclude that Arif Sahab was right. What followed was a full day of depression and the re-writing of my report.
And then today I was reading this!Believe me people, it is a wonderful website, with some wonderful analysis of how the cityscape is changing, and how the constant migration means a change not only in the demands of consumers, but also the demands for new cities which will go on to rise!
Go read it people! It is a great post!