What makes a city truly livable? With more than 50 per cent of the world’s population living in cities, and the figures are expected to increase to 70 per cent by 2050, cities face a wide range of complex challenges.
Experts from the Philips Livable Cities Think Tank agree that by deploying the AIR – Authenticity, Inclusion and Resilience – Model, which cohesively links the environmental, socio-economic and technology spheres, cities can enhance their urban environments.
Through the AIR Model, municipals have the opportunity to improve the quality of life, reduce environmental impact, as well as increase pedestrian and road safety. In turn, these factors would reduce crime, promote business, entrepreneurialism and tourism and enhance sense of belonging and pride.
The Philips Livable Cities Think Tank, part of the Philips Center for Health and Well-being, consists of a multi-disciplinary panel of experts from varying backgrounds, nationalities and cultures. They have all worked in and around Asian cities, with their own perspective on what makes a city livable.
Think Tank Members – in order of appearance in the video:
- Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (facilitator)
- Olivier Piccolin, Senior Vice President & General Manager Commercial Lighting, Emerging Markets, Philips
- Reon Brand, Senior Director, Strategic Futures, Philips Design
- Sanjay Prakash, Sanjay Prakash and Associates & Indian Institute for Human Settlements
- Shipra Narang, International urban consultant Associate, PRDU & ISOCARP
- Dan Hoornweg, Lead Urban Specialist, Cities and Climate Change, Urban Development, World Bank
- Peter Head OBE, Chairman of Global Planning, ARUP
- Freek Colombijn, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, VU University Amsterdam
- Darko Radovic, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Keio University, Tokyo
More information on building Livable Cities that are authentic, inclusive and resilient, can be found here.