Human Cities

From 2006 - now

Challenging the city scale, interdisciplinary exchange platform Human Cities is a concept created in 2006 by the Belgian association Pro Materia and co-funded from 2014-2018 by the Creative Europe Programme of The European Union.

Based on the encouraging results of a first international colloquium in Brussels in 2007, Lise Coirier and Chantal Vanoeteren brought their experiences together in order to launch “Human Cities”, a European cooperation project supported by the Culture programme 2007-2013 of the European Commission.

In 2008, the Human Cities network gathered Pro Materia (BE), the Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre Horta de l’ULB (BE), the Politecnico in Milan (IT), the Institute for Urban Planning in Ljubljana (SLO) and the Lighthouse in Glasgow (UK) which is replaced since 2010 by the Cité du Design in Saint-Etienne (FR). They all work together in order to highlight and tackle the uses and attitudes of people in urban public space. They question the socio-cultural issues of urban design ranging from public spaces to urban furniture and objects in European cities today. This collaboration within the Human Cities network resulted in two successful festivals in Brussels: Human Cities Festival 2010 Celebrating Public Space Human Cities Festival 2012 Reclaiming Public Space. And one festival took place in the growing megalopolis Instanbul; Human Cities Brussels Istanbul

In 2014, Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale, selected by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission is shaped as a multidisciplinary European network. It is composed of various complementary partners profiles: universities / departments of architecture and design, urban planning centers, design centers, design weeks, ICT – information and communication technologies platforms, service design and creative design consultancy agencies…

Led by Cité du Design de Saint-Etienne [FR], the 12 partners of Human Cities Network share their knowledge, competencies and know-how with a common aim to innovate with people in the urban space using design as a creative and sustainable tool.


Latest updates from Human Cities


Exhibition Human Cities/ Challenging the city Scale _ Helsinki

— July, 13 2017

After Milan (IT), Belgrade (RS), Saint-Etienne (FR) and Ljubljana (SL) the touring exhibition arrives at Helsinki (FI) on 13 till 29 Sept. 2017 The travelling Human Cities exhibition in 2016-2018 presents the process and results of co-creating activities in the experimental Labs of Human Cities partners in their Cities.


Public space for local life

— July, 07 2017

Human Cities Challenging the City Scale/Ljubljana PUBLIC SPACES FOR LOCAL LIFE / Shared values in diversified urban communities as a foundation for participatory provision of local public spaces. A joint event of EU Human Cities partnership and AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures hosted by Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia […]



— May, 25 2017

Human Cities Exhibition / Ljubljana May 25th to September 25th 2017 PUBLIC SPACES FOR LOCAL LIFE / Shared values in diversified urban communities as a foundation for participatory provision of local public spaces   25 May 2017 at 15.00 Human Cities exhibition opening at Ruski car neighbourhood,