Rethinking the Role of Government

What would large-scale human-centric design look like if a city put it into practice?


Throughout this report, we have discussed what intellectual scaffolding is necessary to implement human-centric urbanism. 

We have shown how human-centric urbanism benefits the health of residents of all ages and how intelligent urban planning can help combat the nefarious effects of information overload. Through a look at the development of cities over time, we have seen specific examples of human-centric design in practice. 

With all of this knowledge in mind, what would large-scale human-centric design look like if a city put it into practice? As part of its commitment to a form of urbanism that works for everyone, Dubai is putting one such plan in place. Reviewing the tenants of the plan highlights how the urbanist paradigm is shifting before our eyes. From socially inclusive planning to affordable and accessible urban designs, Dubai is pushing on all aspects of human-centric urbanism in the city.

The city has a commitment to continuously learn and innovate while fostering social cohesion and sense of place. Well-planned, natural, liveable, walkable, and transit-friendly neighbourhoods are a cornerstone of the urban roadmap. Undergirding all of this is the government’s commitment to use AI and other technologies such as blockchain to make the city run smoothly. Using these technologies will ensure that planning decisions are carried out effectively with all arms of government on the same page. 

Human-centric urbanism is as old as urbanism itself. The challenge has always been to get all parties to work effectively, and as one, to implement sensible urban designs and plans. Throughout history, it has been the ability of government to carry out the will of the people that has been one of the major indicators of truly innovative cities. Given its nimble response time and commitment to innovation, Dubai is the global city that will take human-centric design into the next century.