John Bongat is the mayor of Naga City in the Philippines, one of the most disaster-prone cities in the world. URBANET talked to him about how he attempts to make Naga City more livable.
Astrid Ley is course director of the international master program Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD). Her expertise and publication record include topics related to the urbanisation in the Global South, housing processes, and the role of local governance and civil society.
Alexander Jachnow is the Head of USP (Urban Strategies and Planning) at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).
His research and teaching focus on the challenges and opportunities of urbanization processes in the Global South. He represented the IHS and its academic networks in the preparations of the New Urban Agenda and at the HABITAT conference in Quito.
The German government pushes for a New Urban Agenda oriented towards the vision of the “lebenswerte Stadt”, i.e. a city worth to live in, but is mostly translated with “liveable city”. But how do we define “liveable”? Our authors Alexandra Linden, Astrid Ley and Alexander Jachnow contend that it goes beyond “freedom from fear” and “freedom from want” as proposed by the UN. Liveability, construed as Quality of life shouldn’t just be determined by indicator models, but within a specific local context and in conjunction with international standards.