For much of humanity’s past, communities and civilisations were formed near water and food sources. That has changed since the Industrial Age; people are leaving rural areas and moving to cities. The Industrial Age has also bought about the concept of “bigger, the better”. One after another, the factories rose, each one bigger than its predecessor. While the wealth of city dwellers increased, their living space decreased, as many more flocked to cities in pursuit of wealth. Ironically, these cities have minimal food or water provision and they have to be transported into the cities from rural areas. While improvements were rarely made to rural areas, they’re depended on to continue supplying food and other essentials to the cities. As most people aspire to work in the cities, rural areas face declining population and reduced ability to supply sufficiently to the cities. The rapid expansion led to overburdened infrastructure for which the cities were not planned for. The solution. often, is to mass produce and “economy of scale” is the magic word. This leads to significant waste as not everyone has similar taste and we end up mass producing an array of thing to cater to everyone’s taste. The rapid production also resulted in more harmful waste products that without adequate treatment, thus polluting waterways, air and land. The overconsumption/overproduction of some species has led to an imbalance in the ecosystem. As people get wealthier, they crave for foreign produces and scarce goods. The transportation and logistics industry bloomed, but this however led to major consumption of energy in transportation and preservation.
At Ispahan, we aspire to build better communities with latest proven and sustainable technologies where people can live and work safely whilst reliant on local resources. This includes empowering the poor, who often have limited access to safe drinking water, food, shelter, healthcare and education. By providing basics such as power, clean water, waste treatment, the supporting infrastructure such as food production, education and healthcare can grow leading to a thriving local economy.
Zaiwei Pan – Process Engineer
Ispahan Engineering Pte Ltd