Imagine if all activities were to cease, and there were no renewal or recovery. We have to maintain. Not only the places where we live, but also ourselves. We can re-energize ourselves by viewing holidays as an opportunity to enhance our well-being.
The prospect of a worry-free time gives us something to look forward to and puts our minds at ease. The concept of taking a vacation is a recent invention that has developed over the last two centuries.

Historically, the idea of travel for recreation was a luxury that only wealthy people could afford. In early America, taking a break from work for reasons other than weekly observance of the Sabbath was frowned upon. However, the modern concept of vacation was informed by a later religious movement, encouraging spiritual retreat and recreation.

The notion of taking a break from work gradually took root among the middle and working classes. There are today far more aspects to the idea of redoing something than ever existed before. When it comes to global urban development, we also have to think about renewing what we have already created in the past. Right now there are 7.2 billion people living on this planet, and every one of us needs their space, comfort and infrastructure.

But old buildings can become uninhabitable, bridges impassable (p. Hawne Bridge) or roofs unfit for purpose – and usually a smarter solution can be found. Repairing and protecting locks so that ships can go on passing along the 2,900 km long Danube undeniably has an immense impact in terms of transportation and logistics. Re-roofing an event and sports hall after a hailstorm gives citizens back a haven of leisure and fun. And to build something new inside something old can be a way of renewing space and function as well as creating fresh possibilities.

But, of course, nowadays we have more options for achieving sustainability right from the beginning. Cutting a building’s heat absorption as well as its cooling energy consumption by building a tailor-made roof is a surefire way to reduce the energy footprint.