I listened to an interview with an architect decades ago about his doughnut theory that has stuck with me. The architect was saying that our homes were like doughnuts. Weird, definitely, but that is probably why it has stuck with me. In the past, the home was like the hole in the doughnut, and the doughnut itself was the outdoor space, the backyard where children played, with a vegie garden and a few fruit trees. Now the doughnut itself is the home. as the home takes up most of the suburban block.
What if we could expand this doughnut theory to suburban development. The aim of the developer is to get as many building blocks as possible. But what if the hole in the doughnut is the communal space, a natural parkland for the housing estate, where children can play, explore, enjoy nature, kick a football and ride their bikes safely. Where each house has a view and use of natural parkland, rather than a streetscape. This communal parkland then becomes a connection with the whole estate, a connection with all the people living there, and a connection with nature.
When we consider the needs of children and nature, we get a different answer. This makes for a peaceful and beautiful place to live, with a feeling of space, calm and well-being. Isn't that what's life's all about. Well, I think so.