The Need for Liveable Cities

Building local competitiveness is essential in boosting long-term national competitiveness. Cities are the primary movers of economic growth and innovation. They are hubs of consumption, resource use, and waste. They are also as generators of wealth, production, and development. However, in this increasingly urban world, today’s cities are facing new challenges. They have become the center of society’s most pressing economic, social, and environmental issues. They face issues on disaster preparedness, traffic congestion, lack of mobility and logistics options, delivery of public goods and services, and low global competitiveness.

For these reasons, we need to plan them better. The Philippines, which is a nation of islands, needs to establish multiple economic hubs—the cities—spread throughout the regions so that we can disperse inclusive growth, opportunities, and development.



Liveable Cities Labs is a platform for sharing good practices, innovation, appropriate technology, and a venue for sharing new solutions and forging new partnerships. The Labs are designed as a one-day panel discussion on a single theme. Labs were originally planned as face-to-face workshops. However, in light of the COVID pandemic, the Labs will be moved online through webinar sessions. 

Liveable Cities Dashboard. In order for cities to improve, they must be able to measure themselves. Thus, we created the Liveable Cities Dashboard to track and consolidate city data from multiple sources and display them to show insights, trends, and performance of a city. Local chief executives can now better assess their city and identify areas for improvement. For citizens and the private sector, it serves as a guide on where to locate and identify innovative ways for using public data to engage with their community.

Liveable Cities Challenge Design Competition is an annual urban planning and design competition for cities. Cities may choose from among the focus areas of the Liveable Cities Challenge to design an entry for their city. Cities are required to establish competition teams headed by the Mayor and composed of city officials and local resources (citizens, professionals, and universities) from within their city. Cities may also tap into a roster of mentors developed by the Liveable Cities for additional expertise. Entries will be judged by a panel of experts and finalists will be invited to present and receive awards at the Annual Liveable Cities Summit.

Liveable Cities Summit is the annual meeting of the project. The Summit is a one-day conference bringing local and international experts together to address issues and challenges in building and managing better cities. The 2019 Liveable Cities Summit drew over 350 participants for a day-long series of panel discussions on city planning. In the future, Liveable Cities Summits will culminate with the Awards for the best designs in the Liveable Cities Challenge.

Liveable Cities Innovation Challenge will be a program to search for technology innovation among start-ups which best address the key challenges that cities face in Mobility, Resilience, GovTech, Basic Services, Public Health, Education, and Business Continuity/Recovery. The best ideas and proponents will be invited to present to City Mayors for possible implementation in their Cities.

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