human cities

Human Cities is a concept which has been created and launched by Pro Materia in 2006. Acting now as a European Network of Creative Cities, this cutting-edge concept is funded by the EU Culture 2007-2013 Programme. It opens the door to extensive collaborations between Brussels, Glasgow, Milan and Ljubljana, where partners develop specific themes around sustainable urban design.

Upcoming Actions

06.05 – 16.05.2010

Human Cities Festival

Coming May, Brussels will host the first Human Cities festival, composed of a symposium, exhibitions, performances and the publication of a book.

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06.05 – 16.05.2010
The Human Cities Festival

Upcoming actions

May 2010 Human Cities Festival Brussels

spring 2010 Exhibition (more info soon) Glasgow, Ljubljana, Milan

spring 2010 Publication of Human Cities Book

Past actions

Oct. 2009 Call for Entries : Places to be

Nov. 2008 Public design competition Saint-Etienne

May 2007 Colloquium : Sustainable urban design Brussels

Internal Research Sessions

Oct. 2008 Public Design workshop Brussels

Feb. 2009 Pedagogy workshop Glasgow

Jun. 2009 Sustainable Communities workshop Milan

Oct. 2009 Mapping workshop Ljubljana


Human Cities is funded by the EU Culture 2007-2013 Programme.


Human Cities is represented by La Cambre Architecture, Pro Materia, The Lighthouse, Politecnico di Milano and the UPIRS-Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia. >

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Parallel to public actions, the Human Cities programme also conducts research on urban design. Members from Brussels research public design, Milan focuses on sustainable communities while Glasgow and Lubjana respectively explore how to engage 8- to 12-year-olds in the design of public space and how to map peoples engagement with public spaces.

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