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CREAT is part of UCL’s LOCI faculty (Faculty of Architecture, Urban Planning and Architectural Engineering). Today, the faculty is a benchmark for land-use planning, in terms of research and studies carried out on behalf of local authorities. It pursues its research work in three main areas: land-use development, organisation of land-use for sustainable development and sustainable urban planning. These broad areas are broken down into some fifteen further areas of themed research and studies.


As a research centre, CREAT benefits from scientific oversight from professors Bernard Declève (Architect-Town Planner), Marie-Laurence De Keersmaecker (Geographer), Yves Hanin (Sociologist- Developer-Town Planner), Jean-Pol Van Reybroeck (Architect-Town Planner) and Pierre Vanderstraeten (Architect-Urban Planner).

Research at CREAT is carried out in close scientific collaboration with professors Thierry Bréchet (CORE - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics  - UCL), Pierre Defourny (ENGE - The Environometry and Geomatics Unit-  UCL) and Eric Cornelis (GRT – Transport Research Group – FNDP - Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix ). Other pieces of research and studies benefit from scientific partnerships and ad hoc expert involvement (see partners).


CREAT draws on the work of some 40 researchers from a diverse range of disciplines: urban and land-use planning, geography, economics, sociology, architecture, agronomy, history of art, landscape, etc...

The team can also draw on the expertise of several doctors and doctoral students in land-use planning.

CREAT is led by Professor Yves Hanin, Doctor of Urban Architecture, Urban Planner and Sociologist. He took over the leadership of CREAT in 2006, after more than forty years of management under its founder, Professor Pierre Govaerts.


Its work is conducted with five essential aims in mind:

-The development of knowledge and methods;
-To understand, and act on, land-use issues at international, national, regional, municipal and local levels;
-To contribute to the education, training and awareness of students, professionals, stakeholders and populations;
-To develop repositories of information;
-To accumulate know-how that can be used to benefit areas undergoing change.


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