My Liveable City – Cities for All | Oktober-December 2017
My Liveable City – Cities for All: By their very definition, cities are places for a diversity of people: old and young, rich and poor, women and men, healthy and physically/mentally challenged; the majority and the many minorities.
We at My Liveable City believe that a “Happy City” is one in which each group from this diversity of minorities feel safe and welcome. Through the public transportation they offer, the employment opportunities they have, the public spaces that are accessible to all and the affordable housing they create, cities have the task to make these minorities feel at home.
This issue of My Liveable City with the theme “CITIES FOR ALL” contains articles on stories from around the world on the life and prospects of minorities – children, the elderly, women and migrant groups. Additionally this issue contains interviews with two stalwarts who, through their vision, dedication and perseverance, have made a difference to the lives of many in the cities they have operated in.
The first interview is with Jaime Lerner from Brazil. An architect and planner by training, he became the Mayor of Curitiba. The conviction he and his team had led to a dedicated system of public transportation, which even today is seen as an ideal model by cities around the world. The second interview with architect Somsook Bonyabancha shows how the active involvement of communities can not only bring joy and satisfaction to many disenfranchised in Asian cities, but also help create affordable housing. Affordable Housing that is co-created and loved by its owners!
Finally, in the Culture Corner section, we have an interview with a stalwart of another sort. The well-known English painter Oliver Bevan has spent decades painting cities around Europe and through his paintings capturing those ephemeral moments that illustrate the essential quality of cities.