Building attractive, high-quality and sustainable urban areas and increasing competitiveness is a common challenge for Central Baltic cities. Cities seek constantly new integrated approaches on urban development to fully exploit the knowledge, innovation capacity and resources of different actors in the society.  

The Baltic Urban Lab project improves urban planning by developing and testing new integrated planning and Public-Private-People partnership models for the regeneration of four brownfield sites in Norrköping, Tallinn, Turku and Riga. The project identifies and promotes already existing good practices on brownfield regeneration and facilitates learning and exchange of experiences between planners and experts in the Central Baltic region.

Baltic Urban Lab activities & outcomes:

  • Local City Pilots implemented leading to viable Integrated Plan and Development Strategies for the selected brownfield sites
  • Implementing new Public-Private-People partnership models in the planning of Pilot sites ensuring timely and relevant input from the variety of stakeholders and integration of different views
  • Testing and developing traditional and novel participatory methods utilizing advanced digital technologies (Mobile apps, 3D visualization tool etc.)
  • Joint Pilot Reviews organised in the four Pilot Sites supporting the joint development of solutions among project cities and allow direct feedback and recommendations to the Pilot processes
  • A series of webinars and workshops organised offering an opportunity to discuss, exchange and learn more about integrated planning approaches together with other planners and experts in the region
  • Existing good practices and knowledge on brownfield regeneration and co-creative urban planning approaches identified and promoted
  • Analysis on the potentials of applying Public-Private-People partnerships approaches in urban planning and synthesis of the City Pilot results and lessons learned
  • Based on the project results, Guidelines for applying Integrated Planning and Partnership Model for Brownfield regeneration (IPPM) (e-book) will be developed as a step-by-step tool for Central Baltic cities helping them to lead through multi-stakeholder urban development processes in a structured way promoting more integrated approach to revitalization of urban space.
  • Policy and Practice recommendations for local, national and macro-regional level on applying integrated approach to revitalization of urban space prepared


INTERREG Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020
Budget: 2.200.177,75€
ERDF co-financing: 1.697.127,58€