Livability and the Challenge of Planning in Tehran

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Over the last few decades, various terminologies have been coined to promote particular modes of planning practices. Sustainability, resilience, and livability are among such terminologies, each distinguished from the others by nuances in their spatial and temporal expressions. Although sustainability and resilience may be viewed as practices focused on better quality of life for future generations, livability remains appealing for its promise of improving the urban experience for the current generation. Livability, although popularly expressed by various global indexes, is also more likely to find a local expression than sustainability. This exposes livability to objective and subjective interpretations that are fluid in time and space. In this chapter, I focus on Tehran to illustrate the degree to which locality, agency, and context may matter in understanding and planning for livability.

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Livable Cities From a Global Perspective

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