The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community has released a report, Community Connectedness: Building Resilient Harmonious Communities, examining how community engagement, good design, and public policy around our urban environment can support social connectedness. The report states that:
The global urban population is increasing at an unprecedented rate, bringing with it challenges and opportunities for countries across the world. It is predicted that by 2050 the world’s urban population will almost double from 3.4 to 6.4 billion people, making sustainable urbanisation one of the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century.
With this rise in our urban population, the way we design and build our cities and towns becomes ever more critical to our physical and mental well-being. Overcrowding, the poor provision of housing and public spaces and a lack of skills capacity to meet urban challenges
all threaten the creation of harmonious, resilient communities around the world.
We have been working around the world to address these issues, ensuring that we not only meet the rising housing demand, but that we also do so in a way that fosters a harmonious relationship with nature, while enhancing people’s quality of life.
Connectivity, walkability, ample green space and mixed-tenure housing all have integral parts to play in the creation of places that can support resilient, inclusive communities. Without enough consideration for these factors we risk repeating mistakes of the past, isolating people and removing those elements that we believe are vital to healthy communities.
The Prince’s Foundation teaches and demonstrates sustainable development placing community engagement at the heart of our work.