Health, fashion, and street art together shape the life and culture of London. Just as studies of each of these themes can give us a point of analysis about the present, we are also able to consider the movement of these trends and the affect they have now in order to determine where they may be heading in the future.
Health, for one, has a arguably clear trajectory. Recent studies show the concern of rising pollution hazard and obesity rates that are direct results of our industrialized world. Air pollutants from factories and automobiles have already caused devastating health affects to those living in urbanized areas. The hustle and bustle of city living, too, produces a negative lifestyle of fast food eating, causing the spike in child obesity. Quantified and analyzed, it is certain that these aspects of city living must be severely altered if we want a healthy future.
Although technology has certainly caused these health risks, it is also helping the growth of the fashion world. New and innovated manners of producing textiles and garments may save the delicate world of agriculture. Some innovators have discovered how to grow textiles from fermenting bacteria, which may solve the land use battle between food and textiles. Other innovators are combining fashion and health in order to create sensors in clothes that can track some of the wearer's information throughout the day.
While technology does play an important role in solving the predicted issued of the future, the world often forgets about the arts. People rarely go out of their way to visit an art museum when they might rather play on their phone. Street arts instead bring the art to them. Decorating building walls, overpasses, and trains, street artists often evoke revolutionary or activist messages in their works--street arts serve up culture on a concrete platter.
The engagement with these three intricate elements of life and culture will certainly paint the world we live in in the future. Working symbiotically, the changes in health will influence fashion, fashion will influence health, and street artists will always be there to point out the parts where we messed up.
Liz is a senior English major with minors in Spanish and Computer Science. Her research interests, like her areas of academic speciality, lie in the intersections between humanities and science. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and playing with dogs.