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The second UBC Urban Planning Webinar was held on 25.10.2018 at 10:30 – 12:00 EET. The webinar focused specifically on the tools that have been developed for urban planners in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond by two cross-border cooperation projects – iWater and Baltic Urban Lab.
The Baltic Urban Lab Final Conference took place in Spikeri Concert Hall (Maskavas iela 4 k-1), Riga, Latvia, from September 6-7th, 2018. The conference presented the results of the project and discussed how cities around the Baltic Sea region can tackle better challenges related to brownfield redevelopment. Challenges in brownfield redevelopment are similar across borders: fragmented land ownership, large amount of stakeholders involved, lack of common vision or conflicting development visions, the technical, geological, and financial difficulties of remediating contaminated land as well as questions about responsibility. Close cooperation and partnerships between different actors from the beginning of the redevelopment process are key to tackle these challenges.
The 4th webinar of Baltic Urban Lab (August 23rd, 2018 ) focused on the possibilities that new digital tools can bring in participatory urban planning. Baltic Urban Lab cities Tallinn and Norrköping have both developed and tested new tools to encourage different stakeholders, especially citizens to give their feedback and learn more about current planning issues. Tallinn has developed AvaLinn Mobile App and Norrköping 3D visualisation tool Earth Autopsy. The tools have been tested in the planning of the two brownfield sites - The Skoone Bastion in Tallinn & the Inner Harbour area in Norrköping. Norrköping and Tallinn shared their practical experinces on the development and use of tools and give tips to other cities that are interested to develop similar tools.
For project partners only!
The three-day event gathered the project partners for:
1) Joint City Pilot Review Meeting for Turku on 13.2.2018
2) Project Meeting 14.-15.2.2018
Baltic Urban Lab organised its 3rd and last Workshop in cooperation with the annual Nordregio Forum that took place in Oslo, 29-30 November 2017. This year the forum focused on Nordic Cities– Connecting the Urban and the Rural.
Baltic Urban Lab workshop was one of the parallel session in the Forum Day 1 focusing especially on opportunities and Challenges of Small and Medium-sized Cities.
Internal event meant for project partners only.
The day began with presentations, then continued with the site visit in the Riga Pilot Site and a case study workshop. The main idea behind the Peer Review day was for the other partners to give feedback to the City of Riga on brownfield site regeneration process.
The third Baltic Urban Lab webinar offered learning opportunities about soil contamination issues in brownfield sites. The webinar covered safety and health, environment and spreading of contamination to surrounding areas as well as time and economy issues regarding soil remediation.
Baltic Urban Lab invited urban planners and other interested experts in Norrköping to learn how to benefit from the possibilities new interactive participation tools and especially the use of 3D visualization bring in urban planning. The event was open to anyone interested!
To be able to plan a good city for all users, involvement of public and different stakeholder has become more and more important in urban planning. This is a part of a wider transformation in the way our cities are planned and governed. In order to increase broad public participation and not just the few active individuals, the urban planning process should be made understandable to all and participation as easy as possible
Technical development and introduction of new digital tools has brought new possibilities to the development of interactive participation tools in the field of urban planning. However, city planners are still asking questions which tools to use and how they should be used.
The focus of the Baltic Urban Lab Workshop II is to showcase practical examples of how 3D models, visualization tools and other interactive participation tools can be used to support public participation especially in the context of brownfield site planning. In the workshop, the advantages, added value and challenges they bring in urban planning are discussed.
Designing integrated planning processes – towards more efficient cooperation and partnerships between cities and private sector
The first Baltic Urban Lab Workshop focused on the practical implementation of public-private-people partnership models in urban planning with a special emphasis on cooperation with private sector actors in the framework of brownfield regeneration. The workshop showcased real-life case examples from cities of Norrköping and Oulu who are already working towards a structured approach to work with integrated planning. The participants also got to work together around a concrete development case – the Skoone Bastion Pilot Site in Tallinn, and learn from that, and visit the Telliskivi Creative Hub that serves as a great example of successful brownfield regeneration case.
The second webinar's keynote speaker is Martin Westin. His introductory presentation's working title is Power and Conflict in Planning - Practical approaches to wicked problems. Many of today´s societal challenges can be understood as wicked problems, i.e. problems that are contested, complex and ill-defined. To approach such problems planners need to involve a multitude of stakeholders and deal with power and conflict. This presentation shares experiences from facilitating over twenty multi-stakeholder collaborations in Southern Africa, South-East Asia and Europe.
The project conducted its first project meeting in Stockholm from September 7 to 9. During the three days, the project partners were hosted by Nordregio at its beatiful premises on the island of Skeppsholmen. The event included updates on the project’s progress and next steps, practical guidance for project implementation, action plans presented by the city pilots, a study visit to the Royal Seaport and a visiting speaker from Forum Virium Helsinki.
The webinar speaker is Juha Kostiainen. His introductory presentation topic will be “Urban development and renewl: trends and cases”. The cases are Tripla in Espoo Pasila (FI), and Tampella in Tampere (FI). Juha Kostiainen holds a position of SVP, Urban Development and Corporate Relationships in the YIT Corporation.
The project's kick-off Conference in Turku