Urban Space for People on the Move – The Living City

Cities provide opportunities, connect people and often make everyday life more practical. But in order to fully take advantage of the great potential of our cities it is vital that we actively design our cities with the citizens’ best interests at heart. The report “Urban Space for People on the Move – The Living City” investigates how holistic city planning can be used to improve people’s well-being and make it easier to choose sustainable means of transport.

More than half of the global population spend their everyday lives in an urban environment. In the EU almost three out of four citizens live in cities. Cities are also the backdrop to a large part of a country’s social and economic activity, representing hope for a better future and reminding us of our cultural heritage.

A city should therefore be planned with respect to the everyday life that takes place there and, in order to achieve a more just and sustainable urban development, it is essential that the city connects us to our individual and collective identity. Good connections enhance choice, support social cohesion, make places vibrant and safe, and facilitate human interaction. Quality urban design considers how transport infrastructure and services can connect and support sustainable neighbourhoods and cities. Places with good connections between activities and careful placement of facilities benefit from reduced travel times and less environmental impact. Residents and visitors can navigate easily in an urban environment where physical layouts and activity patterns are easily understood.