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UNESCO City of Design Subnetwork Meeting 2020

Subnetwork Meeting 2020

Hosted by Graz


The social, smart and sustainable design of future cities

The UNESCO City of Design Subnetwork Meeting 2020, which is being hosted by Graz focuses on the social, smart and sustainable aspects of urban development. From October 5th to October 7th the conference will take place as a hybrid form - online via Zoom and live in a Studio in Graz. 

During the conference we will discuss the development and design of future cities in three short films, keynote speeches and panel discussions with international experts, urban planners and designers:

The architect and urban designer Andrea Paoletti, the publicist and pioneer in urban development Charles Landry as well as the architect and professor for urbanism Aglaée Degros will give short lectures on the three topics of Social Design, Smart Cities and Sustainable Cities.


Video: DAY 1 October 5th

Panel Discussion Social Design

Panel Discussion and Keynote by Andrea Paoletti, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CET

On the first day of the annual meeting we want to determine which instruments and procedures can be used to positively influence and shape the social fabric and quality of life in a city in the sense of "social design". The architect and social designer Andrea Paoletti will give a key-note speech on the inclusive conception of design and talk about humans and social co-existence as the centre of social design in cities.

Video Social Design 

  • Sophie Lanctot - Société Logique, Montreal

  • Philippe Gauthier - Associate Professor, School of Design, University of Montreal
  • Tong Yee - The Thought Collective, Singapore
  • Andrea Vattovani - AVA Andrea Vattovani Architecture, Graz
  • Andrea Paoletti, Architect & Social Designer, Casa Netural, Matera
  • Susanna Camerlengo, Community Managerin, Casa Netural, Matera
  • Luis Mokoroa, Cofradía Vasca de Gastronomia, San Sebastián 


  • Andrea Paoletti, Architect & Social Designer, Casa Netural, Matera

Panel Guests

  • Sofija Kaljevic - Architecture and Integral Design, Deakin University, Geelong
  • Karl Stocker, Professor of Design and Communication, FH JOANNEUM, Graz
  • Rainer Rosegger, Professor for Sociology, Graz 

Best Practices by UNESCO Cities of Design

  • Kris Dekeyzer, Project manager "TRIPOD" Urban design in public space, Kortrijk
  • Erica Elk -The Better Living Challenge, Capetown
  • Pez Estudio - Design for public spaces


Andrea Paoletti (IT)

Andrea Paoletti
© Domenica Maiorino

Andrea Paoletti is an architect from Italy, who focuses on the creation and activation of communities. He works and researches on issues of living, co-design and social innovation, community building and co-creation as well as urban and rural village regeneration.  He is co-founder of Casa Netural, the first rural co-working and co-living space in Italy 2012 and was the project manager of the Mammamiaa Dinners in the framework of the European Capital of Culture Matera 2019.

Video: DAY 2 October 6th

Panel discussion - SMART CITIES

Panel Discussion and Keynote by Charles Landry, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm CET

A number of urban development projects around the world have been launched under the term "Smart Cities" in recent years. Behind this are diverse and often widely divergent considerations of how to design a city in such a way that it is as "smart" as possible for a wide variety of tasks. The British researcher, publicist and inventor of the "Creative City Concept" Charles Landry will give a lecture on the second day and talk about the "digitized city".

Video Smart Cities 

  • Markus Pernthaler, Smart City Graz
  • Bertram Werle, Head of City Planning Directorate Graz
  • Nadine Kuhla von Bergman, Creative Climate Cities, Berlin
  • Jens Libbe, German Institut for Urbanistik, Berlin
  • Francesco Paolicelli, Open Design School, Matera
  • Věra Jourová, EU-Commissioner for Values & Transparency


  • Charles Landry, Publicist and Pioneer in Urban Development

Panel Guests

  • Charles Landry, Publicist and Pioneer in Urban Development
  • Sybille Bauriedl, University of Flensburg 
  • Reni Hofmüller, Artist, Graz
  • Anke Strüver, Karl Franzens University Graz, 

Best Practices by UNESCO Cities of Design

  • Cezanne Charles and John Marshall - rootoftwo, Detroit
  • Elena Deambrogio, Manager of Torino Smart City Project - Turino City Lab


Charles Landry (GB)

Charles Landry
© Charles Landry

Charles Landry is a British urban researcher, publicist and pioneer on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980's, that focuses on how cities can create the enabling conditions for people and organizations to think, plan and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities. Charles Landry is founder of the advising company Comedia, author of many books and is currently a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. His overall aim is to help cities become more resilient, self-sustaining and to punch above their weight.

Video: DAY 3 October 7th

Panel discussion - SUSTAINABLE CITIES

Panel Discussion and Keynote by Aglaée Degros and Panel Discussion, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm CET

In view of climate change and the fact that more than half of the world's population already lives in cities that are constantly growing, the organisation and design of cities with their effects on resource consumption are of central importance in overcoming this millennium challenge. Aglaée Degros, architect and professor for urbanism, re-interprets the relation of mobility, landscape and urban development in various research and design projects and will give a lecture on the third day of the Subnetwork Meeting.

Video Sustainable Cities 

  • Maé Durant Vidal/ Elisa de los Reyes (Peze Studio), Architects and Designers, Bilbao & Madrid
  • Bernhard Inninger, Head of City Development Graz
  • Andreas Goritschnig, Architect and Artist, Breathe Earth Collective, Graz
  • Karl Stocker, FH Joanneum, Graz
  • Sigrid Bürstmayr, FH Joanneum, Department Design, Graz


  • Aglaée Degros, Architect and Urban Planner, Technical University of Graz

Panel Guests

  • Husam al Waer, University of Dundee, Architecture and Urban Planning, Dundee
  • Paulina Cornejo Moreno Valle, Mexico City
  • Sigrid Bürstmayr, FH JOANNEUM, Department Design, Graz

Best Practices by UNESCO Cities of Design

  • Jeremy Cheval and Frederic Cadet, Agence Ecodesign, St.Étienne 
  • Daniela Tahira, Curitiba 


Aglaée Degros (BEL)

Arch. Univ.-Prof.Aglaee Degros
© Aglaee Degros

Aglaée Degros is an architect and urban planner, originally from Belgium. She is head of the Institute of Urbanism at the Graz University of Technology and had professorships and guest lectures in several universities and institutions throughout Europe. In 2001 she founded the study and design office Artgineering, which works at the interface of urban planning, landscape and mobility. Degros is co-author of several books on the development of public urban space.