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.
During the meeting, 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 meetings included 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. In addittion, Kaisa Spilling from Forum Virium Helsinki, presented the case of Smart Kalasatama project from Finland as an example of engaging citizens.