UBC Urban Planning Webinar 2 - urban planning tools in practice

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:30

The second UBC Urban Planning Webinar was held on 25.10.2018 at 10:30 – 12:00 EET. The webinar focused specifically on the tools that have been developed for urban planners in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond by two cross-border cooperation projects – iWater and Baltic Urban Lab. The webinar gave everyone an opportunity to learn how these tools can be put into action.


Watch the webinar recording here: https://youtu.be/yA-rLyp9nYk 


Webinar schedule:

10:30-10:40 Welcome to the webinar (Nuppu Ervasti, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission)

10:40-11:10 Guide: Towards integrated and partnership-based planning of brownfield areas (Maija Rusanen, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission)

11:10-11:30 Blue Green Factor – a practical tool for urban planning in Turku (Pilar Meseguer, City of Turku)

11:30 – 11:45 Integrated Stormwater Management Toolbox(Agnieszka Ilola, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission)

11:45-12:00 Q&A – Discussion


The concrete tools for urban planners that were introduced during the webinar:

1) GUIDE: Towards integrated and partnership-based planning of brownfield areas

Brownfield redevelopment is a complex process and requires good cooperation and commitment from all involved parties. It requires both dealing with the site’s past and planning for the future of the site. Also, it is necessary to manage and plan the transformation process and to findpö a common long-term vision in cooperation with stakeholders in terms of how the site should be developed. This guide is targeted to urban planners and other experts interested to learn more how to develop brownfield areas in cooperation with citizens, NGOs, land-owners, developers and other stakeholders. The guide includes two sections. First section -Internal organization and preparation - focuses on improving internal processes and cooperation within local administration, which sets a solid base for a participatory planning process. Second section - Cooperating with stakeholders - provides guidance on how to work with stakeholder. The guide was developed by Baltic Urban Lab project and is available in English, Estonian, Swedish, Latvian and Finnish.

2) Blue Green Factor - a concrete example on how cities can adapt to the climate change

The Blue Green factor tool has been modified by the City of Turku of the Green Factor tool. The tool improves the city’s prerequisites for adapting to climate change by promoting the green efficiency of the vegetation on the private lots and the conservation of sufficient green structure. Vegetation mitigates the risk of flooding, reserves carbon dioxide, cools down the heat islands of built environments and increases the pleasantness and beneficial health-effects of the urban spaces. The tool, developed in iWater project, provides an excellent opportunity to improve the city’s urban planning practices in the desired direction because it literally provides a means to assess and develop alternative ways to build an ecological, climate-proof and dense city in which the social values of urban green areas are an utmost priority. Available in Latvian, Estonian, Finnish, Swedish and English.

3) Integrated Stormwater Management Toolbox 

The Toolbox introduces the most commonly used approaches and concrete tools for urban storm water management. It is targeted at landscape architects, urban planners and designers, including those interested in or working with the design, planning or management of urban water. The three points approach is used as a framework in the toolbox. It provides a holistic framework for organizing integrated storm water management and cover all the actions needed in different planning levels to create a multifunctional and resilient water system. The Toolbox is an easy-to-use on-line tool developed by the iWater project. Available only in English!

*Note that the webinar was recorded for further use purposes.