As we now live in a world transformed, the way that we live was bound to change—thus inspiring building designers to redesign our homes and cities to fit the purposes of a redesigned world.

But why redesign public spaces when many of us are confined inside? Because for many, a walk, jog or cycle around the neighbourhood is our only escape from the indoors.

This state of affairs has inspired building designers to recreate natural ecosystems, connecting new natural amenities to existing infrastructure in a flawless, coherent design.

The ultimate objective always is to create meaningful connections between the natural environment and its built counterpart—resulting in improved health and happiness for residents. 

Today’s newer neighbourhoods bear a close resemblance to sanctuaries and conservation sites, with parks, cycle paths and wetlands integrated into the scope and expanse of residential neighbourhoods.

Inside, people have learned to integrate work and entertainment spaces into their living spaces. Can’t go in to work? Build a home office. Can’t send the kids to school? Construct a home classroom. Can’t go to the gym? You guessed it. Create a home gym area. Can’t go to the cinema? Design a home rec room.

These spaces often are partitioned, insulated and acoustically soundproofed, as well as outfitted with a whole host of advanced technological equipment. 

In addition, many neighbourhoods boast community centres that in turn contain gyms, conference rooms and even spas and wellness areas. And to accommodate the influx of home deliveries—ordered when online shopping isn’t possible—many communities are putting delivery hubs into place.  

With challenges come solutions in the building industry, as is the case when designers construct sturdier homes that will prove more resistant to natural disasters.  

Through the power and creativity of innovative design, more and more Australians are finding the world at their fingerprints—right there in their home communities.