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Engaging with Cities of the Future: A Perspective

Institutional Document | September 2017

Insights and lessons are provided in this publication from a technical assistance project on building livable cities across Asia and the Pacific through the future cities approach.

Inefficient and uncompetitive cities inhibit economic growth and inclusive development. Integrated urban planning will help stem the decline of Asian and Pacific cities, spelling the difference between a future of gloom or glory in the region. The technical assistance Establishing the Future Cities Program in the Asia and Pacific Region identifies new approaches, particularly the Future Cities approach, to address the challenges of urbanization. The program reviewed the entire ecosystem of how to develop livable cities and served as a testing ground for new or improved solutions. This publication captures insights from work in six pilot cases in Tbilisi, Mandalay, Greater Suva Area, Ulaanbaatar, Makassar, and Bandung.


  • Introduction
  • Components of the Future Cities Approach
  • Pilot Cases: Demonstration of the Future Cities Approach
  • Lessons Learned from the Pilot Cases
  • Conclusion and Considerations for Adopting the Future Cities Approach