Thursday November 5, 12:30-13:30

Speaker: Mohammad Ghanbari (Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, visiting scholar at the Department of Urbanism)
Topic: Liveable Cities. Case Study: Masshad, Iran.
Room: BG west 270
Abstract: By 2050 70% of the global population will reside within cities. We all have different reasons to live in a city. Some cities appear comfortable to live in. Some are challenging, some are boring, some are dangerous. Over the last decade, ‘liveability’ has become an increasingly popular term used across the world. This prompts a number of questions: what is liveable city? What is the criteria for measuring Liveability? How are the liveable cities across the world ranked?
Liveability reflects the wellbeing of a community and comprises the many characteristics that make a location a place where people want to live now and in the future. After definition of liveability, criteria and Ranking of Liveable cities, this lecture will explore the question of urban development and liveability in in Iran, with an emphasis on the case of Mashhad. Mashhad is the second most populous city in Iran with population of 2.76 million (2011) and is famous for Imam Reza shrine, visited by over 30 million pilgrims every year.
Click here to see the presentation in PDF format: Livable cities case study Mashhad, Iran

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