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Philips Livable Cities

The Philips Center for Health and VWell-being Insight Series on Livable Cities nr.I A livable and lovable city?* The Philips Livable Cities think tank believes that livable cities are successful cities. They have identified three important and interlinked ingredients of a livable city: Resilience Inclusiveness Authenticity focuses on adaptability, flexibility and balance. It is about the is about creating social integration and cohesion. Inclusive is the ability to maintain the local character of the city, ability of a city to 'invent' or 're-invent' itself through cities are open for participation from the widest range of the local heritage, culture and environment. At the same civil society, irrespective of gender, age, ethnicity, cultural heritage, beliefs, religion and economic status. Inhabitants should have equal opportunities to participate in the time, a city needs to accommodate social, economic and shocks and stresses, to harmoniously accommodate old and new values, and to adapt the functions and require- technological changes - and evolve itself. This evolution ments of the city. It illustrates a city's capacity to balance needs to be sustainable and match the expectations of continuity with change, heritage and innovation, natural the citizens. activities of a city. Inclusiveness enhances community feelings, the sense of ownership towards the city, the sense spaces and the urban environment to the benefit of its inhabitants of belonging to a place. *Lovable cities reference based on a concept by Darko Radovic, Keio University Tokyo, first presented at the think tank meeting in Singapore on 20/01/2011 In an inclusive city, inhabitants An authentic city can create a pride and belonging sense are actively involved from the "This is my city" It can make a start of every city initiative. The city is open to political city lovable as well as livable. Livable cities need environ- participation from the widest mental resilience with a low range of civil society. ecological and low carbon footprint. They need to consider energy, food, water and materials. Resilient cities need economic stability. They should strive for economic diversity to reduce dependence on one economic model, job creation, as well as Parks and other forms of entrepreneurship. natural heritage are important for authenticity as it creates a collective memory. Native species emphasise the unique location of a city. Parks function as resilient 'lungs' of a city - improving the air quality Social cohesion implies that a city is inclusive and breeds cooperation and tolerance Everyone in the city is included has rights, and is entitled between citizens with different values and beliefs. to a better life. The elderly disabled and poor are seen www. as potentially valuable social capital. Resilient cities realize that they are connected and interdependent within a system of other cities and also with the rural environ- ment surounding them. The history of a city makes it authentic, It reflects local culture and local knowledge and reinforces a sense of place The relationship with the and the local identity. surrounding rural area is important for resilience. Food supply and urban agriculture need to be considered. *******t The Philips Center for Health & Well-being is focused on improving the lives of people around the world. The Insight Series shares the work-in-progress of the think tanks operating within The Philips Center for Health & Well-being. Through illustrating a snapshot or a concept, they are aimed at stimulating discussion and debate around critical challenges in improving health & well-being worldwide. twittery @philipscenter

Philips Livable Cities

shared by SnoeiV on Nov 29
The second illustration i made for the Philips Insight Series. Isometric view of a Livable City (Adobe Illustrator) The Philips Livable Cities Award has announced a shortlist of eight initiatives, ...


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