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URBAN DESIGN GOVERNANCE - Exploring formal and informal means of improving spatial quality in cities  across Europe and beyond

URBAN DESIGN GOVERNANCE - Exploring formal and informal means of improving spatial quality in cities across Europe and beyond

Objective

The proposed action: URBAN DESIGN GOVERNANCE, to be known as Urban Maestro, looks at the ways European cities are being designed and financed, focusing on innovative ways of generating and implementing urban spatial quality: the “soft power” modalities of urban design governance. Soft power modalities refer to those approaches where public authorities act in an informal capacity as enablers or brokers rather than through formal regulatory or direct investment powers. Examples include multi-stakeholder design platforms, bouwmeesters, city-architects, quality negotiation mechanisms and the like. The action will focus on these processes and how they are being used to shape cities through means short of regulation, direct design or development.

To explore these issues the work programme will seek to map out the design governance landscape in jurisdictions across Europe (hard and soft / formal and informal); burrow down into their workings via a series of pan-European workshops; contrast experiences in Europe to international practices elsewhere; use the initiative to build a long-term network for sharing best practice; and support policy uptake focussed on the drive to urban quality across the continent, and globally.

Urban Maestro will strengthen the global understanding of innovative urban design governance. It will contribute to accelerate the realization of the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda in the EU, and reinforce the global urban debate on qualitative aspects of urban development.
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Coordinator

UNITED NATIONS HUMAN SETTLEMENTS PROGRAMME

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00100 Nairobi

Kenya

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 391 850

Participants (2)

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BUREAU BRUXELLOIS DE LA PLANIFICATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 303 932,50

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 304 217,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 831704

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 000 000

  • EU contribution

    € 1 000 000

Coordinated by:

UNITED NATIONS HUMAN SETTLEMENTS PROGRAMME

Kenya