Urban Design Governance, takes a deep dive into the governance of urban design around Europe. It examines interventions in the means and processes of designing the built environment as devised by public authorities and other stakeholders across the continent. In particular, the focus is on the use of soft powers and allied financial mechanisms to influence design quality in the public interest. In doing so, the book traces the scope, use and effectiveness of the range of informal (non-regulatory) urban design governance tools that governments, municipalities and others have at their disposal.

Developed from the Urban Maestro project, a joint initiative of UN- Habitat, UCL BMA, Urban Design Governance offers the first panorama of informal urban design governance tools from across Europe, and places the tools within a theoretical and analytical framework with the potential to be applied locally and internationally.

Authors: Matthew Carmona, João Bento and Tommaso Gabrieli, all of the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

Open access, available at https://www.uclpress.co.uk/collections/ro_homepage_products/products/211153