Cities for People: Realizing Sustainable Urban Design at the Human Scale

Event | 1 October 2013 Learning Resource Center 3, ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


As a result of rapid urbanization in many cities in Asia and the Pacific, city officials and managers are faced with a variety of transport and public space management issues, such as traffic congestion, air pollution and mobility. In the face of these challenges, there is a growing clamor for cities to be more sustainable and green. In order for Asian cities to be transformed to more livable and sustainable spaces there must be a paradigm shift in how cities are managed and designed: from being planned around motorized vehicles to being designed around people and their behavior.


The event will highlight the principles and identify the challenges and opportunities in designing and managing a sustainable and people-friendly city, while in the process underscoring the social, economic and environmental benefits to be gained from this shift. Participants will also learn how urban design choices affect prospects for increased usage of sustainable mobility options, such as walking, cycling, and public transport. This will be an opportunity for participants to learn about the best practices that are being adopted by model cities, and how these can be translated in their own cities.

Target participants

Expected participants include:

  • ADB staff and consultants (including from resident missions) working on urban and transport projects
  • Transport and city planning officials from local government units from developing member countries

Resource speaker

Henriette Vamberg is a director and Head of Gehl Cities at Gehl Architects, one of the leading urban research and design consultancies based in Denmark. She is in charge of Gehl Cities, the division that handles Public Space/Public Life studies, city strategies, public space plans, city consulting and method development on urban studies. Gehl Architects is a pioneer organization in promoting people-focused approach in urban planning and has been involved in a variety of studies and projects related to pedestrianization, cycling, and public space management with the involvement of local communities in cities such as Copenhagen, New York, and Mexico City.


The event is organized by the Transport and Urban Communities of Practice, in cooperation with Clean Air Asia. Further information can be obtained from the following contacts:

Logistical inquiries:
Kristine Lucero
Knowledge Management and Communications Consultant
Tel: +632 632 4444 local 70710