CITIES FOR EVERYONE
Liveable, Healthy, Prosperous
Promising vision or unrealistic fantasy?
The role of urban planning and urban technologies on the path towards improved quality of life, health,... More > sustainability and prosperity in our cities.
Cities are places of competition, stress, inequalities, traffic jams, environmental stresses and strains and permanent struggle. Cities often are an aggressive environment, not only for children, the elderly and the weak. But on the other hand cities are centres of economy, culture, creativity, science and innovation and therefore provide excellent perspectives and a lot of chances for many people – cities are attractive places! Meanwhile more than 50 percent of world population lives in cities, soon it will be about 70 percent.< Less
Changes and diversification are ubiquitous in cities and regions. The quest for continuous renewal and improvement is a driver towards a thriving development, as well as land use impact, displacement... More > and “constructive destruction” with all the side effects.
Urban development is not a one-way street leading towards an ideal end. Changes of the framework – like revival or crisis of economic sectors, the change of social ideals or ecologically driven challenges – demand the adaptation of the system of aims and development strategies. Also changes of the infrastructure and targeted interventions of planning (lighthouse projects, major events, …) lead towards elementary changes of the dynamics and trends of development.
Permanent change takes place – often as continuous, evolutionary development, but sometimes also with huge, dramatic turning points.< Less