Academia and research are key to innovation, learning, co-creation and dissemination of knowledge, data, and evidence necessary for advocacy, policy and decision-making, legislative reforms, and tracking implementation of SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. They will continue to support the implementation of SDGs and the New Urban Agenda at all levels and working in partnership with other stakeholders.
New governance strategies for urban design: Being an initiative of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the Brussels Bouwmeester Maître Architecte (BMA), and the University College London (UCL), the project URBAN MAESTRO studies non-regulatory, soft power approaches that influence the quality of the urban environment. By identifying, analysing and sharing innovative practices for the governance of urban design, the project stimulates local, national and European authorities to adopt a more creative use of formal and informal governance tools such as information campaigns, urban indexes and competitions, peer-review mechanisms, research by design or exploratory co-creation processes. Enhancing governance practices leads to delivering better-designed places and is a direct contribution to the realization of United Nations New Urban Agenda and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, in Europe and beyond. Urban Maestro is a coordination and support action (2019-2021) funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. More information on www.urbanmaestro.org