Registration: Baltic Urban Lab Final Conference 6.-7.9.2018


Cities around the Baltic Sea region are invited to join the discussions on how cities can better solve complex challenges related to brownfield redevelopment, and how to utilize brownfields’ full potential to support sustainable urban development? Close cooperation and partnerships between different actors like land-owners, developers, citizens and the city from the beginning of the redevelopment process is one of the key decisions to be made for success. The conference will address two prime topics around the redevelopment process: How to deal with the site’s past and cultural heritage as well as possible soil contamination and — at the same time develop visions and plans for the future uses of the site in cooperation with diversity of stakeholders?


Conference venue: Spikeri Concert Hall, Maskavas iela 4/1, Riga, Latvia 

Agenda: access the Agenda here

Registration to the Conference will be open until 22 August 2018! 

Day 1: Dealing with the Past and Planning for the Future
During the first day of the conference, you will hear about the final learnings of the Baltic Urban Lab project, keynote on integrated land-use planning challenges as well as two Panel sessions where experts from other cities and projects will meet the Baltic Urban Lab cities and exchange experiences on stage. Market of Methods will give you the chance to learn more about the most interesting City Pilot and to have interactive session with the city representatives.
Day 2: Site Visit in Riga

The highlight of the day will be a bus tour in the City of Riga. We will visit three notable brownfield sites:
1. Skanste neighborhood. Without a doubt, the Skanste neighborhood is becoming the most modern part of the Riga center. Next to the Historic Center and so-called "Quiet Center" of the city, contemporary, high quality construction is taking place here, attracting residents and businesses and fostering the competitiveness of Riga both at the regional and European levels.
2. Tallinas 10 yard - temporary use   brownfield example by “FREE RIGA”. Revive the empty buildings in Riga, open spaces for creative and social activities.  
3. Kalnciema Street Quarter, with its beautifully-restored wooden buildings, is not only an area pleasing to the eye, but a lively arts and entertainment enclave.  The complex of renovated wooden buildings in Riga’s Kalnciems Quarter, is a 19th century wooden architectural landmark, which was built in the style of late western European Classicism. The revival of Kalnciems Quarter began in 2001 and now everyone can visit the six restored wooden houses which surround a small apple orchard. In the renovation process of the buildings, traditional materials and technologies were used, while at the same time the houses have been adapted for the rhythm and comfort of modern life.
After the excursion, lunch will be held at 12:30 in Kalnciema Street Quarter. NB! Bus will take the participants back from Kalnciema Street Quarter to Old Riga at 13:45.

Guidelines - Towards integrated and partnership based planning of brownfield areas

Based on the lessons learned and experiences from Baltic Urban Lab, the project is preparing guidelines to support urban planners and other experts working in local administrations to facilitate and coordinate brownfield redevelopment processes in a structured manner. The focus of the guidelines is how to engage different stakeholders in the planning. The guidelines will be available in English, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian and Swedish. If you would like to receive the guidelines among the first ones in your mail box please tick a box: