Room For Diversity
Domus India|May 2019
Room For Diversity

Discrimination and inequalities should be out!

That is what the project of Canadian landscape architect and urban designer Claude Cormier shows: a rainbow street, a safe and equally accessible public space that should be exported everywhere, for everyone.

Indeed, our cities must provide room for diversity. Diversity in race, gender, character and taste that will guarantee a far more interesting and selfreflecting world.

In the meantime, the gap between the rich and the poor keeps growing all over the world, triggering tensions and wars.

It might help if we were all part of a giant middle class, enlarging wealth for all, extending the search for quality, and making investments in the fight against climate change that will have become affordable.

It might help to create and ensure access to work opportunities, schooling and housing for everyone.

It is quite alarming how unaffordable cities are becoming, and how serious the political and societal consequences of such a process can be if citizens are unable to afford the most basic need: an adequate home and a decent room. How do we deal with cities where nurses or police officers can no longer afford the cost of living? The decline of social-democratic parties all over Europe obviously runs in parallel with globalisation, but also with the unaffordability of housing.

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May 2019