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 first day saw the work package leaders UBC Sustainable Cities Commission, Nordregio and Brahea Centre at the University of Turku inform the project consortium on tasks completed, ongoing and still to come. Amongst items on the agenda were updates on the project’s central elements of Integrated Planning and Partnership Model, Private-Public-People Partnerships, study on Planning Systems of Central Baltic countries and the Joint Peer-Reviews method.
During Thursday, the cities of Norrköping, Riga, Tallinn and Turku presented their Pilot Action plans for the selected brownfield areas sites where new participation tools and integrated planning methods are to be tested. The presentations were followed by discussions where fellow cities commented on each other’s action plans and a pilot clinic organized by Brahea Centre.
The day was concluded by an inspiring visit to Stockholm Royal Seaport, the largest urban development area in Sweden. Known as Norra Djurgårdsstaden in Swedish, the massive project is a prime example of brownfield regeneration that combines state-of-the-art sustainable urban planning and innovate participatory methods.
On the program for Friday was a visiting talk from Kaisa Spilling from Forum Virium Helsinki, who presented the case of Smart Kalasatama project from Finland as an example of engaging citizens. The lecture was followed by practical information on communication and reporting by the lead partner UBC.
For more information on the project please visit the city pilot pages, consult the project leaflet or get in touch with the project team.