This book is about cities. It is also about homes. Today, more than half the world’s population has made cities or urban areas their home—a figure that is expected to rise to nearly 70% by 2050. As a rapidly growing population migrates to cities in search of a better life, almost seven billion people will be jostling for space, food, jobs and services. The planning and governing of cities are among the greatest challenges of our time.
Making Cities Liveable features 15 lectures by leading international and Singaporean figures, including: Liu Thai Ker, Jan Peter Balkenende, Carrie Lam, Jane Goodall, Jan Gehl, Alexandros Washburn, Tan Gee Paw, Saskia Sassen, Philip Yeo, Geoffrey West, Eric Klinenberg, Paul Romer and more, who have devoted their lives and work to making cities and urban societies better places to live in. The visions and experiences of these urban planners, policymakers, politicians and thinkers are published together for the first time to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore.