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Sustainable Cities and their Liveability

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The Global Liveability Report 2017

For the first time in a decade, global liveability is finally showing an improvement. The latest findings of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report (assessing which locations around the world provide the best or worst living conditions) reveal that after a decade recording a fall in global liveability, it has finally stabilized.  The current improvement does, however, come against a backdrop of some notable declines in livability, with recent terror attacks highlighting the continued threat of global terrorism.

What are the latest findings from this year’s report? And which cities feature in the rankings as this year’s most and least livable?  

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P.S.: For the seventh consecutive year, Melbourne in Australia is the most liveable urban centre of the 140 cities surveyed, closely followed by the Austrian capital, Vienna.

Kind regards,

Robert Ward

Editorial Director


Consider Engaged City instead of Smart City?

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Municipalities should engage their citizens as stakeholders in controlling the infrastructure of a city.  Citizens get only limited or no access to information on infrastructure projects, programs, plans and data; and therefore, are not involved adequately in the assessments. Instead to hide the “Data,” the city administration should disclose those data as “Open Data”; and moreover, strictly be unconnected from the executing enterprises to prevent corruption. The citizens should report via social media about any crime and corruption and actively participate in the decisions process. The citizen as engaged stakeholder should secure in their involvement, that the city administration and executing corporations deliver results that are financially and technical successful, as well as socially and environmentally acceptable and sustainable. Engaging stakeholders in a smart way is fundamental to achieving this. In difficult situations the City administration mutually agrees with the stakeholder to engage an independent, professional engagement practitioner or experienced  NGO (*). 

Smarte Stadt: Barcelona beteiligt Bürger statt Tech-Unternehmen, Barbara Wimmer, Kurier, Samstag 11. März 2017.

John Aston and Alan Knight, Smart Engagement, Why, What, Who and How, 2014

Roland Leithenmayr, VFV