Baltic Urban Lab Final Conference will be webstreamed!

Cannot attend the Baltic Urban Lab Final Conference in person?

No worries, You will be able to follow the live stream from UBC Sustainable Cities Commission's Youtube Channel here: starting from 9:00 EET on 6 September 2018.

The following sessions from the Final Conference will be streamed: 

9.00-9.15 Opening of the Conference by Björn Grönholm, Head of Secretariat of UBC Sustainable Cities Commission & Oksana Dumpe, Riga City Council City Development Department, Project Managment Division Director, City of Riga
9.15-9.45 Towards integrated and partnership-based planning of brownfields – lessons learned from the Baltic Urban Lab project by Maija Rusanen, Project Coordinator of Baltic Urban Lab, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission & Sandra Oliveira e Costa, Research Fellow, Nordregio
9.45-10.30 Keynote 1: Balancing 4P’s in the Rotterdam Subsurface: Brownfield remediation helps urban development in M4H harbour area by Kees de Vette, City of Rotterdam

11.00-12.30 Interactive Session 1: Dealing with the past – managing the transformation process
Redevelopment planning of a brownfield site is a complex process. Involving both issues with soil contamination and remediation and historically valuable areas or arhitecture that might be preserved. Also, complex relationships between different stakeholders e.g. land-owners, local government and the people living in the area such be considered. These are some examples of the issues emerging from the past that should be taken into account. Yet, the key question is how to manage the transformation process in a structured way and how cooperation with the right stakeholders and right timing can facilitate this process?

Ask questions from the panelists via Padlet cooperation tool, link to our Padlet board - moderators will then pick questions from there:

These introductions will be followed by a Panel Discussion with the speakers and guests:


  • Cooperation with land-owners & planning how to deal with the contamination – Case Itäharju by Janne Mustonen, Turku
  • Combining historical uses with temporary and contemporary uses - Case Skoone Bastion by Jaak-Adam Looveer & Mihkel Kõrvits, Tallinn
  • Co-developing urban games for historical sites: Urbingo for the historical neighbourhood of Šnipiškes case by Jekaterina Lavrinec, Laimikis.LT, Vilnius


13.30-15.00 Interactive Session 2: Planning the future – co-creating visions and land-use plans

In parallel of planning the remediation, it is necessary to plan the future uses of the site and state, what are the case-specific needs and goals for the redevelopment? One of the key issues is to find a common, long-term vision and plan the future land-use together with all involved actors. A variety of actors and stakeholders representing public, private and people need to be involved. Brownfields’ redevelopment involves uncertainty and often financial and environmental risks. Creating trust and commitment between all stakeholders is a key for successful cooperation. How to organise the cooperation and motivate different actors to participate?

Ask questions from the panelists via Padlet cooperation tool, link to our Padlet board - moderators will then pick questions from there:


  • Working towards a common vision – Case Mukusalas street by Guntars Ruskuls, City of Riga
  • Involving citizens in discussing complex brownfield development – Case Inner Harbour by Fredrik Wallin, City of Norrköping
  • Cooperation model for urban regeneration - Case Malmö by Trevor Graham, UrbanIsland


15.45-16.30 Keynote 2: Urban transformations of the digital era: giving cities back to people by Kaisa Schmidt- Thomé, Demos Helsinki
16.30 Closing the Conference