Inclusive Urbanism is based on the idea that the city is the place where diverse things come together. It is a place of confrontation. The existing coincides in an unlimited number of combinations to create the new.
Our current concepts of cities have taken measures to minimize conflict and to maximize comfort and efficiency. Things that are actually connected like consumers and producers, work and recreation, resources and products, have become worlds apart. Many of our current problems are rooted in this development.
On a physical level, transportation of people and goods has increased, which leads to increased travel times, and increased pressure on centrally located real estate markets. On a non-physcial level, an even more influencial development has taken place. It has become harder and harder to know and understand even the most basic connections that form the basis of our lives. The flows of resources, products, energy, and even services, that are in place to support our lifes, have become too hard to follow up on. Contemporary practices in production of food, energy and goods are questionable, unsustainable, unefficient, unethical, messy and outdated to a good part because they happen outside of our conciousness.
Inclusive Urbanism is aimed on bringing back together, what is actually connected. In reality, this is tough. What Inclusive Urbanism is relying on in the long run, is the change this new proximity encourages. Things we allow close to our lifes have to be humane. Pollution, noise, and the size of e.g. production facilities decrease, as well as transparency, efficiency and some products’ retail price. Less energy and time is spent on transportation, and more into the development of cleaner, safer, more efficient technologies. City life might become less comfortable, less calm, but there is less time lost on commuting. Contrasts and diversity, of people, building types, jobs or services in a neighborhood are going to be increased.
There will be more experiences available per square kilometer. And this is what city life is and always has been about: Contrasts and encouters. Exposing oneself to the unexpected, the strange, the different.