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Exploring formal and informal means of improving spatial quality in cities across Europe
  • Publication Type:
    Conference presentation
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  • Authors:
    Gabrieli T
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  • Name of Conference:
    CHANGING CITIES IV: Spatial, Design, Landscape & Socio-economic Dimensions
  • Conference place:
    CULTURAL CENTRE OF CHANIA, Crete Island, Greece
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  • Keywords:
    Urban Design Governance, Urban Finance, Spatial Quality
Urban Maestro is a major research initiative funded under Horizon 2020 that will be run from December 2018 to February 2021 by a partnership between United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Bouwmeester Maître Architecte Brussels (BMA) and the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London (UCL). The research 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. In this presentation, Tommaso Gabrieli (Co-Investigator at UCL) has presented the main motivations, analytical foundations and early theoretical findings from the Urban Maestro project. He motivated the necessity of a deeper understanding of how different countries and cities across Europe have been intervening to shape the design and quality of the built environment, discussed a number of urban governance tools and how choices relate to the political, economic and democratic systems and priorities of these countries. In particular, the emphasis has been on the spectrum of innovative policies and practices in urban design governance, including those relating to the financial mechanisms, and an analytical framework through which to compare, understand and interrogate practices.
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