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UN URBAN LABS

Urban planning projects

UN URBAN LABS URBAN PLANNING PROJECTS DRIVEN BY DESIGN AND PARTICIPATION UN Urban Labs is a project initiated in 2014 by UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlement Programme, coordinating interdisciplinary and international design laboratories to set up collaborative planning projects in 40 to 50 cities around the world. There is a growing demand for planning and design in rapidly urbanising regions across the globe dealing with questions concerning urban renewal, slum upgrading, climate change, post-disaster and post-conflict circumstances. ‘This specific facility of UN-Habitat provides planning and design expertise and the frameworks and processes that cities need to have these plans implemented’, explains Rogier van den Berg, project leader of UN Urban Labs. As part of this programme, UN-Habitat and the Creative Industries Fund NL began a collaboration to support 20 designers and architects based in the Netherlands to work together in 5 urban labs in Ghana, Mexico, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Palestine.

‘There are many other countries that are experts in urban planning,’ Rogier says, ‘but what these Dutch teams brought was a vision of the city driven by design. This principle of Dutch planning is not common in many cities, where planning is primarily sectoral policy such as water or infrastructure. It is the ability to turn this design into a process combining all the stakeholders such as landowners, developers, citizens, and politicians.’

PLANNING DRIVEN BY DESIGN SHOULD NOT BECOME A TEMPLATE The designers spent a year collaborating with an international, multidisciplinary team on urgent assignments that are formulated based on recommendations from the related city or urban area. >>

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