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State of the World's Cities 2008-2009

Harmonious Cities

  • Author: UN-HABITAT
  • Publication date: October 2008
  • Page count: 280
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: 08.III.Q.1

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The 21st century is the Century of the City. Cities contain both order and chaos. How can city planners and policymakers harmonize the various interests, diversity and inherent contradictions within cities? This report adopts the concept of Harmonious Cities as a theoretical framework in order to understand today’s urban world, and also as an operational tool to confront the most important challenges facing urban areas and their development processes. It addresses national concerns by searching for solutions at the city level and focuses on three key areas: spatial or regional harmony; social harmony, and environmental harmony. The publication assesses the various intangible assets within cities that represent the soul of the city and are as important for harmonious urban development as tangible assets. It argues that harmony within cities is both a journey and a destination.