Planning for and designing more liveable cities is becoming one of the most important challenges of the 21st century. Although the notion of liveability has attracted much attention in recent years it is fair to recognize that several misconceptions have hindered its coming into practice.
In order to address some of these misconceptions, SMART’s Research Director, Professor Pascal Perez was recently invited to present at the University’s second TEDxU event where he discussed the importance of modelling urban liveability.
Prof. Pascal outlined the need to accept the fact that urban environments influence people’s behaviour as much as people progressively shape their built environment. As a consequence, liveability is a highly subjective construct based on individual perceptions rather than pre-identified sets of urban features. Another misconception stems from the broad acceptation that liveable cities of the future will be sustainable ones as well. Based on current behavioural patterns, so-called liveable cities will be anything but sustainable. Making the transition will require a formidable cultural shift for most modern and urbanised societies.
To view Prof. Perez presentation and other TEDxUWollongong presenters go to http://goo.gl/Bt01eg