Baltic Urban Lab project is celebrating it's three years of hard work and experimenting with new methods and tools for enhancing the role of partnerships and cooperation in brownfield planning processes with the Final Conference on the topic "Dealing with the Past and Planning for the Future - Turning urban brownfields into possibilities" 6-7 September 2018 in Spikeri Concert Hall located in Riga, Latvia.
The two-day Final Conference will be organised as follows - the first day will focus on the project results, inspiring keynotes and panel discussions as well as Market of Methods where conference goers can ask more specific questions from the four Baltic Urban Lab cities - Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Norrköping (Sweden) and Turku (Finland). Each of the cities have key strengths and learnings that could inspire urban planners, city representatives, NGOs and developers from the Baltic Sea Region and beyond; the second day will take you on a Site Visit to three notable brownfield areas in the City of Riga so that you can experience them first-hand. The sites visited will be:
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. More information about Skanste http://www.skanste.lv/en
2. Tallinas 10 yard - example of a temporary ude experiment initited by “FREE RIGA”. Revive the empty buildings in Riga, open spaces for creative and social activities. https://freeriga.lv
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. More information about Kalnciema Street Quarter http://www.kalnciemaiela.lv/en/
The spots for some of the activities are limited such as to the boat trip on Riga's canals and the Site Visit (max. 70 participants), therefore we urge you to register quickly to reserve your spot. We also encourage you to let the organisers know if you cannot participate even though you have registered - so that your spot could be given to the next in line.
The first day of the Final Conference will be moderated by renowned Latvian architect and owner of architectural studio OUTOFBOX Pēteris Bajārs
Review the full Agenda of the Final Conference: