B.Green

B.Green - Baltic Green Urban Infrastructure Planning

P2 Sustainable use of common resources

2.3. Better urban planning in the Central Baltic region

Central Baltic

01.02.2020 - 31.12.2022

€1 302 619

€1 048 226

Project Summary:

To addresses the climate change related challenges that cities increasingly face, B.Green aims at improving urban planning by developing a new green infrastructure  (GI) planning concept into the pre-planning process of cities. The aim is to increase the amount of city districts and new areas in which the B.Green approach is used as an official planning’s pre-phase tool. B.Green addresses also two urban planning challenges: how to combine green and grey infrastructure in the context of urban mobility development and how to ensure that multifunctional GI is taken into account throughout the pre-planning phase. The project utilises recent research and combines it with local knowledge produced by residents and other local stakeholders during the project. 

The project will focus on the twin cities of Helsinki and Tallinn, in which the co-created B.Green concept and GI solutions will be demonstrated. In the local pilots, both agile approaches as well as active citizen participation with the aid of digital tools, which are all important elements of the B.Green concept, are implemented. The implementation is done with wide stakeholder engagement, utilization of applied digital tools and encouraging capacity building in the BSR area. In building and testing the B.Green concept also advanced technologies such as simulation, VR, AR, geotracking and wifi-sniffers, are utilised, also creating new business potential. These solutions improve the mutual learning and communication process between different stakeholders. 

The project will have long term effects on both local level through pilots that are linked to large scale infrastructural development, as well as wide scale-up potential through the associated partner networks. B.Green is also tightly connected to local and larger strategies, such as the cities carbon neutral objectives and the EUBSR strategy.

Lead Partner

Forum Virium Helsinki Oy

Country: FI

www.forumvirium.fi

Partner budget: 590.000 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 442.500 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Tallinna Linnaplaneerimise Amet

Country: EE

www.tallinn.ee

Partner budget: 522.619 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 444.226 EUR ERDF

Stockholmi Keskkonnainstituudi Tallinna Keskus

Country: EE

www.sei.org/tallinn

Partner budget: 190.000 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 161.500 EUR ERDF

Associated Partners

City of Helsinki, City Executive Office, Urban Development, housing and investments

Country: FI

City of Helsinki, Urban Environment Division, Malmi Team

Country: FI

City of Helsinki, Urban Environment Division, Kalasatama-Länsisatama Team

Country: FI

Helsingin kaupunki, Ympäristöpalvelut, Kaupunkiympäristön toimiala

Country: FI

Expected results

The B.Green project aims at increasing green infrastructure in the dense and growing Central Baltic cities through developed of data-driven and participatory pre-planning model that utilises new digital tools and includes agile piloting elements.

Working with B.Green model, the positive effects, opportunities and design approaches of green infrastructure will be more clear and understandable to the city planners, residents and real estate developers alike; and the different options and their effect on the cities can be seen and selected from. The model also encourages the participation of citizens, visitors and developers to development of green infrastructure.

The main results of the project are:

In the long-term:
Increase in the green infrastructure (GI) share (in sqm) in the cities through application of the B.Green model and to support the already scientifically proven positive impacts of GI in the cities.

During the project:
-Local implementation of the B.Green model to at least 6 new city districts
-Integration of the participatory model into B.Green, to ensure the close fit to local needs, and involvement of wide stakeholder groups.
-Implement innovative and advanced way to utilise digital tools, simulations, scenario making etc (e.g. the scenario tools, green area factor tool, 3D-models and “Digital Twin”, AI utilization etc.) to support data-driven approach.
-Demonstrations of new, innovative, and integrative green infrastructure solutions and concepts, prototyped in pilot locations. Tight fit with grey infrastructure solutions, such as transportation/mobility systems.
-Effective and early dissemination (including the publication, roadshow) and capacity building, to ensure the knowledge transfer and scale up from agile pilot implementations into standard pre-planning activities.