LIVABLE CITIES – NEW YORK Conference – Abstracts Apr 20th

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LIVABLE CITIES – NEW YORK Conference: Abstracts

New York / Virtual

14-16, June 2023 

Abstracts: April 20th, 2023 (Final Round)

A cross-departmental conference held at City Tech (CUNY) with the Department of Architectural Technology, Engineering and Environmental Technology

The conference is organized by City Tech (City University of New York) with Amps as part of a two year initiative with City-University of London, UCL Press and Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


What makes a city livable? Transport, housing, health and environment. Matters of culture, entrepreneurship, crime and safety. Affordability and education. Depending on whose ‘livability index’ you look at, it may include design quality, sustainability and the digital infrastructures of the smart city. Other criteria applied may encompass food access, job opportunities or walkability. Inclusivity and the politics of participation also come into play.

The past two decades have seen an exponential rise of livability measures. Reflecting increased urbanity globally, they risk making the notion of the city ever more contested. The two cities involved in this initiative are cases in point. The Mercer Livability Ranking takes New York as the datum by which all other cities globally are graded – as better or worse. London, by contrast, measures itself: the London Assembly scoring everything from air quality to indices of deprivation. When we consider the livability of cities then, it is clear we are dealing with a plethora of issues – both isolated and, inevitably, interconnected.

Within this broad livability framework, we seek to develop strands and publications around themes relevant across a range of disciplines.