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Urban Futures – Creating Liveable Cities

Urbanisation is taking place at an unprecedented speed and scale - most rapidly in developing regions. A century ago, less than 5% of the world’s population lived in cities. Today, half of us inhabit urban areas. And by 2050, more than 7 in 10 citizens will be urbanites, making cities global growth drivers.

How cities choose to meet the rising challenge of sustainable and liveable urbanisation will affect their prosperity. Ramboll has developed a 'livable city concept' in the breakwater of Copenhagen’s nomination as European Green Capital Award 2014, focusing on the aspects of urban sustainability and liveability, including the technical, economical and social qualities.


It was recognized that Copenhagen won the EU Commission’s prestigious European Green Capital 2014 award ahead of 17 other European cities for its ability to combine sustainable solutions with growth and quality of life. Rambøll’s 'liveable city concept' ties in well with the Sharing Copenhagen platform, which invites sharing of good ideas across boundaries and international borders.


Liveable cities concept

The challenge for future cities is to create an environment that integrates and satisfies the demand for e.g. increased resources in a sustainable manner, social sustainability and technical infrastructure. The precondition is that the city infrastructure for buildings, transport, environment and energy is planned carefully and provides the basic needs in a cost effective offering, offering more money for quality of life. Here, Copenhagen can showcase highly integrated solutions, including:
• Carefully planned new city districts
• Wastewater treatment which allows the city to establish several harbour baths
• Integrated district heating with 99% connection eliminating the need for individual heating
District cooling systems in the business districts
• Waste incineration and CHP plants to generate 95% of all heat
Waste management system and a cost effective degree of recycling
• How to combine risk of flooding and stormwater management with social spaces and green areas


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Hear what the experts say about creating liveable cities
In the short film linked to below, you can see a number of keynote speakers giving their view on what makes Copenhagen an international green role model. Some of the keynote speakers are: Karl Falkenberg, Director-General, Environment in the European Commission, Morten Kabell, Mayor of Copenhagen, Technical and Environmental Administration, George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol and Herbert Dreiseitl, Director of Ramboll’s Liveable Cities Lab.


- Watch the movie about 'Livable Cities'


Read more about 'Livable Cities'

Rambøll have published a magazine where experts from around the world share their insights on how to create great cities for people to live and thrive in. Liveability is a concept with various meanings to various individuals. Depending on geography, cultural background and economic standard we all perceive good city life differently. Yet capitals like Helsinki and Copenhagen are internationally acknowledged for being green, clean and pleasant to live in. This is the result of decades of visionary, holistic urban planning and design.
Take a look at the magazine and get insights on how these solutions have been developed.


Source: Rambøll

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