the urban likes of the millennial generation (milly-gen)

IMG_7953The Millennial Generation (born between 1980 – 2000) believes in beauty in design and architecture. They skirt the windswept modern plazas to seek out cities with secret courtyards and rooms, such as this 12th century university centre in the walkable neighbourhood of Hauz Khas, New Delhi, India.

IMG_7934One of the cafes (actually it’s a tea salon) preferred by the Millennial Gen in Hauz Khas, New Delhi.

IMG_8644It’s possible to spot Milly-Gen neighbourhoods in cities around the world.  Watch for cultural fusion and art that’s part of streetlife, not sequestered to institutions.  In Istanbul, eclectic vintage stores are layered next to antique jewellers next to architecture studios in Tophane district across the river from the ancient Hagia Sophia. Even the heaps of garbage on the sidewalk are artful.

IMG_8677The Milly-Gen tends to be well-travelled and well-educated.  They’re foodies with a love of eclectic, locally-grown dishes that pull on old traditions.  This fresh Istanbul breakfast served in a neighbourhood transitioning from strict Muslim…

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In Toronto at the Stop Market anti-poverty fundraiser – a crowd of Milly-Gens contemplates life in the big city, naturally, in a parking lot.  Values of the Millennial Generation in Big City Canada: EQUALITY OF THE SEXES; PERSONAL CREATIVITY; NEED FOR ESCAPE; CULTURAL FUSION; FLEXIBILITY OF GENDER IDENTITY; CONTROL OF DESTINY; ECOLOGICAL LIFESTYLE; INTROSPECTION AND EMPATHY; EQUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUTH;  GLOBAL ECOLOGICAL AWARENESS; DISCRIMINATING CONSUMERISM; PURSUIT OF ORIGINALITY; SOCIAL LEARNING.
(Environics Analytics)

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4 comments
  1. Sudeep said:

    Hauz Khas is a very affluent enclave of Delhi. A very tiny slice of this chaotic city of 16 million, about half of whom live in slums without basic amenities. The reality of life for millions belonging to milly-gen in India is grim.

    But this collage of images of buildings/food/art/jazz/social activism is hope-inducing and invigorating.

  2. Thanks, Sudeep – I agree absolutely with your observations. Hauz Khas is an island cut off to most of Delhi’s insane traffic where green initiative boutiques, barista cafes and ethically produced clothing can flourish – ideas cherished by the young who crowd into its streets.

    • Sudeep said:

      Boutiques and baristas touch the lives of a microscopic minority. Real bazaars flourish in Old Delhi. Hauz Khas is charming though. I’ve spent much time there.

  3. Ward Eagen said:

    excellent!
    very nice article in the Globe
    but the observation that we boomers like the crap that our designers wallow in seems silly
    perhaps most of us ate what we were fed but some (many) of us find it insufferable
    the reason I studied architecture is because I could not understand how our designers were destroying our cities
    still can’t…
    have always preferred the back lane

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