People and urban centers: What kind of city do we want for the future?

By Carlos Henrique Roncalio, Rádio Página 2

The reflection on how the relationship between the city and its inhabitants should be (and how it may be) was the theme of the Carlos Henrique Program on Saturday, with the words of the architect Carolina Nunes, a member of Humanität, an organization that seeks to transform perceptions about the coexistence within the urban areas.

Photo: Cristiano Ritzke

“How this city has changed!” An ancient expression for those who, after a long time, return to their homeland or simply criticize the current state of a certain municipality in the present day. The passing of time has also greatly changed the way we live in what, from the earliest days of humanity, is called a city or municipality, the most densely populated region of a territory that, from times of respectful living with nature and among inhabitants, has passed the madness of days that shrinks spaces of coexistence and, often, suffocates rather than captivates.

According to UN data, 54% of the world’s population lives in cities, living not only with their places of refuge for the mind but also with their urban problems that vary from municipality to municipality. However, the rapid growth of urban centers, adding to the rural exodus that continues in various parts of the planet motivated by the search for growth in the “lands of opportunity”, has saturated and complicated even more the perception of the city as a place of coexistence, interpersonal relationships and sustainable good practices that guarantee the future of the community as a whole.

In Santa Catarina it has not been different, with the growth of large metropolises many residents of these large municipalities seek a liveable place in smaller cities, as is the case of Timbó, where one can note without much effort the relation between nature and the urban environment, calling the attention of those who live here or visit here. This harmony and a new relationship between human and urban is what the great centers are looking for today and what motivates the work of Humanität, an organization that seeks, in its own words, to “positively transform the way people relate to cities they live in. ”

Who tells more about this work and brings out the theme of the relationship between the city and those who inhabit it is the architect Carolina Nunes, in a special conversation with Carlos Henrique Roncalio directly from Ramiro Ruediger Park, green space in the middle of the noisy Blumenau, a good example of seeking a revision of this type of relationship.

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