A new initiative called Happy Cities Forum has been launched by the APCRDA in order to take the deliberations held at the summit forward. The Amaravati Planning Design Research Institute (APDRI) and Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) entered into 9 MoUs (Memorandum of Understandings) with 7 global urban innovation organizations to make Amaravati a happy city by collaborating in the development of urban development strategies for the long-term.
On the second day of the Happy Cities Summit 2019, the officials of APCRDA signed pacts with organizations like National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), 100 Resilience Cities (100 RC), International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), Civic Lab, Charles Montgomery’s Happy City Institute, Women in Cities International (WICI) and New Cities Foundation. The MoUs will facilitate the following in Amaravati:
- Development of happiness framework for the residential spaces.
- Knowledge partnership to prepare a resilience strategy, eco-mobility solutions, and gender inclusivity plans.
By the next edition of the summit, the draft framework for developing greenfield and happy cities will be ready as per APCRDA Commissioner Cherukuri Sreedhar. On a mission to create a global network of cities, industry partners, investors, and institutes that work on a common goal of happy cities, the APCRDA officials have also announced the launch of Happy Cities Forum.
Workshops and panel discussions were held on gender inclusivity, physical & mental wellbeing, happiness index, scaling enterprise-led innovation, nudging private sector development and other themes. Delegates from over 30 countries participated in them.
As per the APCRDA officials, Tech alone cannot help to conceptualize happy cities. It is just an enabler. Along with technology, people empowerment, civic innovation via data & technology and mainly, a vision will help in designing a human-centered greenfield, happy and livable city.