Good Practices

Baltic Urban Lab is collecting examples of brownfield regeneration projects from the Baltic Sea region and beyond to share examples of how cities have successfully managed complex urban regeneration projects. Cities around the region with similar challenges can learn from these examples. In addition, a collection of tested citizen participation tools is available to get concrete ideas and inspiration for stakeholder involvement activities.   

Brownfield regeneration

Eternitten is a post industrial area in Aalborg, Denmark, currently under redevelopment. 

The “Zachem” Chemical Plant in Bydgoszcz was one of the oldest and at the same time largest in Poland. Nowadays, the old chemical park is being revitalized as Bydgoszcz Industrial and Technological Park.

The Västra Hamnen (Bo01) has been gone through a variety of changes e.g. waterfront regeneration and  a transformation towards sustainable housing.

Brownfield regeneration from private gardens to campus area for University of Latvia as part of the redevelopment activities in the neighbourhood of Torņakalns, Riga.

A 140-year old wooden building reconstructed and transformed into a wooden architecture centre - Koka Riga -  in the 19th century wooden factory district in Grīziņkalns area.


Riga restored the abadoned Miera Garden and its surroundings creating safer and more attrative environment for recreation.

The ‘Spīķeri’ block, a old warehouse area was re-developed and turned into a public area for culture, education and entertainment activities for inhabitants and visitors.

Citizen participation

By using citizen participation methods in the municipality of Botkyrka located in east central Sweden, close to Stockholm, a Public Health Park promoting gender equality has been created. 

A citizen summit was organized to vote on climate change adaptation methods developed earlier in a scenario workshop participated by local stakeholders.

Safety walks are being organized in order to gather residents’ experiences on their own living environment in Turku.

City of Turku used sparring groups to create a low threshold way for citizens to participate and share their opinions in the development of sustainable Skanssi district.

Gothenburg carried out a wide citizen dialogue process to formulate a vision for Älvstaden in cooperation with variety of stakeholders, with special attention paid to children and youth.

Citizen budgeting was tested in connection to planning a riverside area in Örebro with around 100 students involved.

3D models were used to encourage public participation in creation of a vision for Industrial area in Norrköping.

 Citizens were invited to give input on the Tallinn main street project aimed to redesign city space and create a modern, human scale main street.

During the “The red rose carpet” activity a group of young girls were closely engaged in the refurbishment of public spaces in Rosengårg, Malmö.