From caves to tree houses, hay thatched huts to cob houses to sky-rocketing glass buildings, we have moved far ahead of our ancestors today. This changing paradigm of human civilization has particularly brought in a sea-change of transformation in regards to our living habits, areas of existence and even in our social behavior. At some point one might even wonder, if we, humans, are the most adaptive mammals in this Live Planet. But, has this transformation in our social habitats made us more attached or detached from our society? The sparkles of expanding metropolis and urbanization while has transformed the cities across the globe, on an individualistic level is remodeling the concept of families, making them more independent. Gone are the days when parties were organized to welcome a new family in our housing block.
This wave of societal change is even seen in countries like India, richly known for its co-living culture. Mumbai, our country’s financial capital is one among such regions quickly adapting to this lifestyle. However, is this changing habitat favourable for a city like Mumbai, popular for its social multi-diversities? Thanks to the thoughtful nature of our real estate maestros, the concern was being soon realized. Townships equipped with quality community spaces is the new catch for residential properties in Mumbai. Known as integrated townships, the modern version of conventional community living spaces is increasingly becoming a favourite for the new housing projects in Mumbai.
The benefit of modernizing and opening up these closely-knit lives to a broader spectrum is gradually becoming a popular culture today, especially among the luxury residential projects in Mumbai. While the concept is largely in limelight and its economic benefits is much being discussed, the focus is little or nearly negligent in regards to the social boons attached with it.
The resultant benefits from such housing patterns can be categorized into five core aspects that involve – accountability in nuclear families, bridging the age gap, safety and security, de-congesting the urban spaces and identifying new growth zones.
Accountability in nuclear families:
How many of us today actually make an effort to start a conversation with our next door neighbours. Thanks to the daily work hustles, communication between the residents of a common locality is today not just a challenge but a major concern. The independency enjoyed in nuclear families might be one of the causes behind this situation. This paradigm change in lifestyles became clearly visible since 2001, when the number of nuclear families grew from 35 million to 72 million in 2011. Since then, the number has been only shooting up. Making these communities socially accountable is humongous yet a necessary task. Thanks to the realty developers and the emergence of integrated townships, the concern on social obligation of such nuclear families is now slowly being minimized. Incorporated with club houses, community halls and such recreational areas, the new luxury residential projects are increasingly acting as a catalyst in bringing down the wall between the societal habits and nuclear families.
Bridging the age gap:
Gone are the days when grandpa stories were the most interesting topic of discussion among our kids. Instead today we hear them talking about the latest additions into X-box series. Also resultant gap is being seen in the level of communication among the different age groups in our country. Being the second most populated nation in the world, India is a home to larger chunk of senior citizens and youths. According to UNICEF India, the country is a home to about 90 million elderly persons and has 356 million belonging to the age group of 10-24 years. Have we ever thought about the role played by recreational spaces in bridging this communication gap? Yes, these community areas play a critical role in knowledge sharing, understanding, improving behavioral analytics and ultimately contribute to the overall personality development. The open living spaces like gardens and community halls which are an integral part of such townships, rightfully holds the potential to bridge the communication gap between different age groups.
Safety and Security:
We, humans, by nature, are always insecure, especially when it relates to the safety of our loved ones. Despite rapid modernization, the rate of crime in cities has never been on a decline. This has always questioned the confidence of parents in allowing their kids to explore public recreational areas and even senior citizens in enjoying their golden years of retirement. The realty sector through integrated townships has rightfully answered all these concerns with its well equipped in-built parks, garden areas and advanced security technologies like CCTVs. This growing popularity of such secured homes has resulted in such amenities becoming an unavoidable part of the new housing projects even in a metropolis like Mumbai.
De-congesting urban spaces:
Known as ‘Microcosm’ or a ‘city inside a city’, the concept of integrated townships has resulted in the creation of self-independent residential properties. The practice is being widely embraced in most of the new housing projects in Mumbai, one of the busiest metropolises in India. In-built shopping malls, community centres, golf courses and sporting destinations and even theatres have become an integral part of these townships. This has positively brought out an ease among the human communities in accessing the fundamentals for a quality life. Such living spaces allows you to live, work and even have an easy access to basic necessities like educational institutions, medical units and entertainment facilities. So it’s time to consider such investments as a long term plan rather than a one-time affair.
New growth zones:
Integrated townships while can bring in positive transformations on a micro individualistic level, also has expanded the metropolis culture to suburban and out-suburban regions, especially in cities like Mumbai. Thanks to the growing popularity of such housing projects, realty majors are increasingly seeking for opportunities to such projects in metros as well as the suburban regions. This has ultimately opened the doors of luxury to not just metro residents but also to the population hailing from tier-II and tier-III regions.
It won’t be hence surprising to see the concept of integrated and mixed use townships to evolve as the new phase of luxury housing projects in Mumbai. However, any such efforts can bring out positive results only with a true commitment and dedication to practice an approach which is a cut above the ordinary. It can be rightly said that creating a quality home is not just a constructional process but rather an art of extraordinary living.