Growing urban centers and populations provoke thought and discussion on what qualities make cities livable and help them thrive.

Social analysts predict that by 2050 around three-fourths of the world's population will live in cities, therefore the question of what defines a successful city becomes quite critical. Is it measured according to wealth, homogeneity, crime rate, and accessibility, but are there any less obvious factors?

Gathered by Phaidon.com, urban scholars Ricky Burdett, Director of the London School of Economics (LSE) Cities and the Urban Age programme, Richard Sennett of New York University and LSE, and Saskia Sassen of Columbia University, New York, collate certain facets of a successful cities, ranging from intermingling ethnicities, fluid public transportation, to flexibility amid crises and a sense of “incompleteness.”

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