The Philips Livable Cities Award is a global initiative designed to generate innovative, meaningful and achievable ideas to improve the health and well-being of city-dwellers across the world.”

Since covering the three Livable Cities winners in summer last year, startling progress in Argentina, Uganda and Yemen has been made. The three grant awardees and their teams have now been operational for the best part of 20 months and their respective impact is becoming a permanent feature in the local landscapes. With their projects now coming to fruition the effort is now shifting towards the idea of tracking the progress made, tweaking the inefficiencies and offering up the results for implementation elsewhere in the world.

With national level cooperation and approval, the schemes outstripped their initial pilot targets. James Kityo received generous appreciation from local people and authority figures for his weather protection shade stands in Uganda and is now green lighting efforts to roll out the project across the African continent. Sabrina Faber’s rainwater aggregator in Yemen has sent ripples through the construction industry in the region where pressure is now being placed on the developers that fail to equip new builds with the winning solution. Manuel Rapoport’s portable street parks in Buenos Aires (Argentina) have generated attention and collaboration partnerships from fairs, museums and other cultural outlets. With that momentum, Manuel and his team will now target the second largest Argentinian city, Cordoba.