A Critical Review of Urban Livability

Nora Osama Ahmed, Amr Mostafa El-Halafawy, Ahmed Mohamed Amin



The term ‘Livability’ had emerged for a holistic, systemic strategy in an attempt to reverse some of the 20th century urban planning techniques and had applied very broadly; however, ambiguity still characterizes the term. The study tries to give a clear explanation of this term; investigating the linkage between the term ‘Livability’ and other terms in addition to codifying different studies that are testing new methodologies for analysing cities in terms of being livable. Finally, the paper discusses how to make any built urban environment whether a city, a town or a neighbourhood truly livable.


Keywords: Urban Livability, Livability Rankings, Satisfaction, Quality of Life, Well-being



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