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Experts stress harmony with nature to make cities liveable

  • Published at 12:54 am October 20th, 2019
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Speakers at Annual Conference on Sustainable Development 2019, organized by University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD) at the ULAB Campus A Auditorium on Saturday, October 20, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

They also stressed the need for ensuring access to job opportunities, utilities, and transport and housing facilities for the general public

Harmony between people and nature is essential to making cities liveable, experts at a conference have said.

They also stressed the need for ensuring access to job opportunities, utilities, and transport and housing facilities for the general public.

The comments were made at the two-day long 4th CSD Annual Conference on Sustainable Development 2019, organized by University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD) at the ULAB Campus A Auditorium on Saturday.

For the past few years, Dhaka has consistently been ranked among the 10 least liveable cities in the world by the Global Liveability Index.

During a session of the conference, “How to make Cities Truly Liveable,” chair of the session and CSD Chairman Prof Nazrul Islam said: “We have to consider many issues to make cities liveable. Access to job opportunities, transport and housing facilities, and utility services needs to be ensured.”

RAJUK Chairman Dr Sultan Ahmed, the special guest of the session, stressed the need for harmony between people and nature. 

“By the rules of building construction, 30%-50% of housing needs to be open space. However, space is in high demand in Bangladesh and what can we do with buildings that have already been constructed? Can we convert living spaces into open space? We need to come up with innovative solutions to incorporate green spaces and help make cities more liveable,” he said. 

The RAJUK chairman added that green spaces in the cities were becoming polluted and more research needs to be conducted to make development sustainable.

Research papers presented at the conference discussed topics such as eviction and relocation, the transforming of urban spaces into play spaces, and the use of digital technology for green space assessment.