Baltic Urban Lab Workshop III: Sustainable brownfield regeneration in Nordic and Baltic cities

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 09:30 to Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 17:30

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.

Our workshop topic was  “Sustainable brownfield regeneration in Nordic and Baltic cities – Transforming contaminated land into urban districts and living areas.”

Redeveloping brownfields that are located within cities reduces the need to use green areas for new developments, creates more compact cities, and will reduce environmental risks. However, sustainable brownfield regeneration requires integrated and holistic planning and close co-operation between engi­neers, urban designers, private sector actors and other stakeholders such as citizens. In this session, we will explore the processes by which contaminated brownfields can be transformed into sustainable urban neighbourhoods.

The session included three case examples highlighting the importance of participation and cooperation during the brownfield planning process in order to secure sustainable development of these areas.

The workshop featured presentations from the City of Ghent on supporting temporary uses in the brownfield development, from Finnish Contaminated Land demonstration Programme on stakeholder engagement in the context of contaminated land risk management and remediation; and from the participatory design process of  Dikemark in the municipality of Asker from Norway.  

We warmly thank you for participating in our workshop!


More information about the Nordregio Forum and the Programme.