Live Baltic Campus (LBC) will enhance the livability of the Central Baltic (CB) urban space by working with city planners, governments, campus developers and stakeholders to utilize campus as lab for developing a proof-of-concept participatory planning method, resulting in better integrated urban management plans. Revitalisation of urban environment is vital to the region’s competitiveness. As the role of universities transforms from being educators towards innovators and regional developers, their physical and social locations as hubs of development is crucial in urban planning. During the project preparation, partners have identified that universities and cities in CB face common challenges while developing campus areas, due to lack of collaboration and coordination both within city governments and with stakeholders. As the municipal authorities and campus developers deal with increasingly complex challenges, they require solutions beyond existing structures. Design thinking is an integrative approach to problem-solving which incorporates all relevant parties in finding optimum solutions.
By utilizing campus areas as a common testing ground for participative planning practices, LBC develops integrated campus development plans, service concepts and implementation plans for each region. The common objective for all cases is to develop campuses as innovation hubs by creating better urban environment for businesses and residents, contributing to new job creation in the local economy.
The project facilitates knowledge transfer and joint development by creating a space for discussing policy objectives, exchanging best practices and conducting pilots aimed at improving the quality of life. The partner cities jointly develop and test participative planning methods that can then be used in many other situations. Working relationships and understanding between city administrators, universities, designers and the society are strengthened both locally and CB level.
Expected Results (EN):
R2.3. Share of urban areas covered with integrated urban management
Expected Outputs (EN):
The project uses campus areas as labs for urban planning and development, a setting for capacity building and experience exchange. 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. The pilot cases are situated in different phases of the official city planning process to gain as much experience as possible. E.g. the pilot area in Riga is a brownfield territory near railroad, therefore dealing with the quality of life in terms of noise, pollution, etc., whereas in Helsinki the pilot area is going through a structural change. The common objective for all the cases is to develop campuses as innovation hubs by creating better urban environment for businesses and residents, thus creating new jobs and having positive impacts on the local economy.In addition project creates a platform for discussing policy objectives, exchanging best practices and improving the quality of life indicators. By connecting municipal administrators, professionals, academics, and active citizens, the project creates a network of practitioners, which can take a life of its own after the project conclusion. While its direct beneficiaries are the universities and cities where pilot projects take place, the project serves as an example of participative, collaborative planning, which can be adopted in other urban development situations. Working relationships between city administrators, universities, design professionals and the society are created and strengthened both locally and at CB level. Online solutions for these collaborations and joint development efforts are explored and tested. Result indicator: integrated campus development plans developed in each partner city.Pop./area:Helsinki 621863/715.49 km2;Turku 184123/306.37 km2;Uppsala 140454/48.79 km2;Stockholm 909976/188 km2;Tartu 98449/38.86 km2;Riga 701977/304 km2