WORKSHOP #1

URBAN DESIGN GOVERNANCE

The quality of urban areas is shaped by a complex combination of factors, behaviours, and decisions from multiple stakeholders.  Powerful amongst these are the sorts of formal regulations and policies that are used to establish statutory minimum development standards.  Yet such tools are blunt instruments establishing a local culture in which positive placemaking can flourish.  Informal tools provide an alternative.

 

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.

The URBAN MAESTRO team will be exploring the use of informal tools in the governance of urban design across Europe in 2 workshop sessions at the Placemaking Week Europe 2019 in Valencia on the 12-15th June.

What is the nature of these informal tools of urban design governance?

What challenges and opportunities does their use present to positively shape urban areas?

* participation in Urban Maestro workshops is free of charge if inscribed by 31st May through: info@urbanmaestro.org
 

Urban Maestro Part 1

 

13th June, Thursday

15.00 - 17.00h

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

Why informal urban design governance?

-       Urban Maestro, the project – Frederic Saliez, UN-Habitat

-       Urban design governance and the informal tools – Matthew Carmona, University College London

Who and how?

-      Surveying informal urban design governance across Europe – Joao Bento, University College London

-      Baukultur approach: informal urban design governance tools at the national level – Christina Haas, Swiss Federal Office of

       Culture

-      Informal tools at the city scale – Sandor Finta, Former Budapest City architect

-      Externalising design governance, enabling neighbourhood rehabilitation - Aurélien Delchet, Atelier Georges

-      Introduction to EC research agenda - Maria Lina Yeroyanni, Senior Expert on Innovating Cities at DG Research and

       Innovation at the European Commission

 

55'     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?

 

 

 

Urban Maestro Part 2

14th June, Friday

8.30 - 10.00h

URBAN MAESTRO SUPPORT & ADVISORY GROUP MEETING

(by invitation only)

15.00 - 17.00h

THE CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES OF THE INFORMAL TOOLS OF URBAN DESIGN GOVERNANCE

 

The politics of urban design governance

-      Achieving political support – Kristiaan Borret, Brussels Bouwmeester Maître Architecte

 

The finance / design governance interface

-      Valencia waterfront, entrepreneurial design governance – Amparo Adelaida Tarazona Vento, University of Sheffield

-      Incentivising design quality with financial tools – Tommaso Gabrieli, University College London

 

The context for urban design governance

-      Translating ideas between contexts, learning from Toronto – James White, University of Glasgow

 

55'      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?

LOCATION

La Marina de València - Calle de la Aduana, Moll de Ponent, s/n, 46024 Valencia, Spain

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Urban Maestro at the Placemaking Week Europe

2019 / 06/ 21

From the 12 to 15th June, URBAN MAESTRO participated in the Placemaking Week event in Valencia. The conference gathered multiple professionals from around the world to discuss the tools that improve the culture and quality of urban design and the challenges of applying them in different contexts, scales, economic and political situations.

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