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​Workshop #1

Urban Design Governance

Jun. 2019

Valencia, ES

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Informal tools of urban design governance utilise the soft powers of government. They place their users in the position of enablers, advocates or brokers rather than as regulators or direct investors in development. They include peer-review mechanisms, design competitions, publications of guidance, architectural centres, education initiatives, partnership working, research by design, and so forth.  A wide range of organisations, from governmental to civil society, specialized institutes, and private companies support both the creation and delivery of these tools.How to ensure these tools are put in place and help delivering high quality built environment?

Agenda

13th June, Thursday

15.00 – 17.00
SOFT POWER IN URBAN DESIGN GOVERNANCE: WHY, WHO AND HOW?

  • Introduction to the Urban Maestro project
    Frederic Saliez, UN-Habitat Europe
  • Urban design governance and the informal tools
    Matthew Carmona, University College London
  • Surveying informal urban design governance across Europe
    Joao Bento, University College London
  • Baukultur approach: informal urban design governance tools at the national level (presentation) (interview)
    Christina Haas, Swiss Federal Office of Culture
  • Informal tools at the city scale (presentation)
    Sandor Finta, Former Budapest City architect
  • Externalising design governance in Nantes (presentation) (interview)
    Aurélien Delchet, co-founder of Atelier Georges
  • Round table discussion and debate
    – When are informal tools preferable to formal ones?
    – At what scale is urban design governance best delivered?
    – How should governmental and non-governmental actors interact to deliver urban design governance?
  • Introduction to EC research agenda
    Maria Lina Yeroyanni, Senior Expert on Innovating Cities at DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission

Conclusions

14th June, Friday

8.30 – 10.00
URBAN MAESTRO SUPPORT & ADVISORY GROUP MEETING
(by invitation only)

​15.00 – 17.00
THE CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES OF THE INFORMAL TOOLS OF URBAN DESIGN GOVERNANCE

  • Reviewing design review (presentation)
    Matthew Carmona, University College London
  • Achieving political support
    Frederik Serroen, team of Brussels Bouwmeester Maître Architecte
  • Valencia waterfront, entrepreneurial design governance (presentation)
    Amparo Adelaida Tarazona Vento, University of Sheffield
  • Incentivising design quality with financial tools (presentation)
    Tommaso Gabrieli, University College London
  • Translating ideas between contexts, learning from Toronto (presentation) (interview)
    James White, University of Glasgow
  • Round table discussion and debate
    – Bottom up or top down, how can a culture of high quality urban design be secured?
    – Can financial and design governance tools be compatible?
    – How contextually specific are the tools of informal urban design governance?

Conclusions

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Location

In partnership with

STIPO
European Placemaking Network
La Marina de València

Reports

Workshop #1 report

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