The Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 finances result orientated cross-border cooperation projects in Estonia, Finland (incl Åland), Latvia and Sweden

2.3. Better urban planning in the Central Baltic region

The financed projects under

Priority 2. Sustainable use of common resources
Specific Objective 2.3. Better urban planning in the Central Baltic region

Baltic Urban Lab
Integrated Planning and Partnership Model for Brownfield Regeneration

The project Baltic Urban Lab aims at improving urban planning by developing and testing new integrated models for brownfield regeneration. The project tackles an increasing need to build attractive, high-quality and sustainable urban areas that is a common challenge for all Central Baltic cities.

The project identifies and promotes already existing good practices on brownfield regeneration and facilitates exchange of experiences between planners and experts in the Central Baltic region. New planning tools and models promoting integrated management and co-creative urban planning are developed and tested on selected brownfield sites in the four project cities. The project aims for more inclusive urban planning encouraging the participation of different societal groups including citizens, NGOs, land owners, developers, businesses and other stakeholders in the planning process and maximize the use of knowledge and resources of different parties for the development of high quality living and working environment.

During the project, four cities produce concrete integrated plans and development strategies for selected brownfield sites creating base for development projects and better utilization of brownfields.

All in all, the project leads to an increased awareness of existing good examples and solutions for better management of urban brownfield areas. The project results in a more efficient interaction and cooperation among  cities, land owners and developers and other relevant sectors involved in the urban development process in the participating  cities and Central Baltic area.
Lead partner:
Union of the Baltic Cities Sustainable Cities Commission C/O City of Turku, Turku, Finland
Project partners:

Nordregio, Stockholm, Sweden
University of Turku, Turku, Finland
Riga City Council City Development Department, Riga, Latvia
Tallinn Urban Planning department, Tallinn, Estonia
City of Turku, Turku, Finland
Municipality of Norrköping, Norrköping, Sweden
Associated partners:
Regional Council of Southwest Finland, Turku, Finland
Turku Science Park Ltd, Turku, Finland
State Regional Development Agency VASAB Secretariat, Riga, Latvia
Turku Technology Properties Group, Turku, Finland
BOVERKET – the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, Karlskrona, Sweden
Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia

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Live Baltic Campus             
Campus Areas as Labs for Participative Urban Design

The project Live Baltic Campus aims at developing campuses as innovation hubs by creating better urban environment for businesses and residents and thus contributing to new job creation in the local economy. The idea is to create a working method for participative urban planning which is adopted by cities as part of their normal work.

In practice, the project brings together city planners, government representatives, campus developers and stakeholders to utilize the campuses as labs with an aim to develop plans for better integrated urban management of the Central Baltic region. The project creates a network of practitioners ensuring knowledge transfer between the northern and southern parts of the Central Baltic region. Pilot implementations conducted in each area explore participative urban planning in its different phases, from preceding the official planning, to activities supplementing the official planning and following the official process.

As the main result, project creates integrated campus development plans, as well as service concepts and implementation plans for each partner region via pilot cases co-developed with the city government and stakeholders. In addition, the project creates a platform for discussing policy objectives, exchanging best practices and improving the quality of life indicators. By creating better urban environment for businesses and residents, the project creates new jobs and has positive impacts on the local economy.
Lead partner:
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland
Project partners:

Riga Planning Region, Riga, Latvia
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
University of Turku, Turku, Finland
University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
City of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Associated partners:
City of Turku, Turku, Finland
Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, Helsinki, Finland

Integrated Storm Water Management

The project iWater aims at improving urban planning by developing integrated storm water management in Central Baltic cities. As the Baltic Sea region is estimated to face more frequent and heavier rainfalls, the current planning and management practices have proven to be weak in meeting these challenges. Thus, the project idea is to create higher quality, cleaner and safer urban environment and increase urban sustainability.

To reach its goals, the project develops guidelines and tools for an Integrated Storm Water Management and introduces the practices into urban planning process. For example, the project provides a platform for science-practice collaboration, aiming to find and develop common management methods, guidelines, tools and solutions for an Integrated Storm Water Management. The project establishes local support groups within all partner cities enabling municipalities to develop their solutions in close collaboration with local stakeholders and various community interest groups.

Consequently, local management practices are developed into an Integrated Storm Water Management approach which will link all the urban planning processes and stakeholders. In practice, the project partner cities adopt new programmes and approximately 35 other cities are trained to use developed methods in the region. In addition, a student competition is organised to find and develop new and innovative solutions for 7 partner cities, which result in construction or investment plans. Thus, urban planning is taken to a higher level by developing, localizing and piloting new tools in the Central Baltic region.
Lead partner:
City of Riga (Riga City Council), Riga, Latvia
Project partners:

Jelgava City Council, Jelgava, Latvia
Municipality of Söderhamn, Söderhamn, Sweden
Municipality of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden
Tartu City Government, Tartu, Estonia
City of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
City of Turku, Turku, Finland
Union of the Baltic Cities, Commission on Environment c/o City of Turku, Turku, Finland
Aalto University, Espoo, Finland