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Urban Maestro project launch

14 Feb. 2019

Brussels, BE

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The quality of urban places in cities is typically not the product of a single intervention but results from the accumulation over time of a complex combination of factors, behaviours, and decisions from multiple stakeholders. Through this action, UN-Habitat, University College London (UCL) and the Brussels Bouwmeester Maître Architecte aim to explore innovative ways European cities are being designed and financed. URBAN MAESTRO will focus on those approaches where public authorities act in a semi-formal or informal capacity as enablers or brokers rather than through regulatory or direct investment powers.

The launch event will provide an overview of consortium partners’ activity in the field of urban design governance, will seek feedback from urban practitioners, and will identify synergies with relevant urban policies implemented by the Member States and related institutions.


14th February, 2019

Introduction and presentations

  • EU Research & Innovation Actions on Sustainable Urbanisation
    Javier Peinado Lebrero, Head of Sector EASME B.2.3., Natural Resources, Ecosystems & Cultural Heritage, Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME), European Commission
  • Design Governance
    Matthew Carmona, Professor of Planning and Urban Design, University College London – The Bartlett School of Planning
    Kristiaan Borret, Brussels Bouwmeester Maître Architecte
  • Why Urban Design Governance matters in the quest for equity, sustainability and peace?
    Dr. Shipra Narang Suri, Coordinator, Urban Planning and Design, UN-Habitat
  • URBAN MAESTRO in a few questions
    Frédéric Saliez, Human Settlements Officer, UN-Habitat Europe


  • How can Urban MAESTRO contribute to better European cities?
    Users’ and practitioners’ perspective. Dialogue with urban practitioners, NGOs, real estate sector, local authorities and universities.


  • Member States and EU institutions’ perspective
    Looking for synergies with Member States’ and European Commission coordinated initiatives in urban research (JPI Urban Europe, H2020, JRC), urban policies (Urban Development Group, European Urban Agenda), architectural policies (European Forum for Architectural Policies, Creative Europe), cultural, environmental, development cooperation and related policies.

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Event details


United Nations House
37-40 Boulevard du Régent
1000 Brussels

(c) Shipra Narang Suri
(c) Jonas Bylund
(c) Shipra Narang Suri