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Designing Future Cities for Wellbeing: A Summary of Implications for Design

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Abstract

This chapter draws together insights from the previous chapters to consider the implications for decision-making and decision makers for the design of future cites. It demonstrates the need for a better understanding of the multi-dimensional factors that underpin their design to identify key principles and practices. Designing places that are prosperous, sustainable, resilient, liveable and healthy over the long term is a massive challenge, not least since cities are collectives of individuals with different aspirations and values, which may be competing with one another. To respond to this challenge, the chapter discusses our ability to explore futures, especially radical ones that may appear very different from existing path dependencies. In doing so, it presents a number of imperatives for the design of cities to actively and consciously improve wellbeing and quality of life for citizens. These are provided to enable cities to go beyond simply coping with present and, at best, near-future demands. Finally, we make recommendations on how to think about, and design, cities to enhance health and wellbeing in the future.