Augmented Urbans

Visionary, Participatory Planning and Integrated Management for Resilient Cities

P2 Sustainable use of common resources

2.3. Better urban planning in the Central Baltic region

Central Baltic

01.03.2018 - 30.04.2021

€2 029 724

€1 593 160

Project Summary:

ENDED. Cities around the world have identified the need for better integrated participatory urban management to bridge their long-term visions and objectives into practical urban development actions. AU provides a cross-border collaboration platform to Central Baltic cities willing to address integrated urban planning challenges.

Augmented Urbans (AU) aims at strengthening the integration of three aspects of urban planning: timeframe, participation and technology. It improves stakeholder participation and links  long-term visions with short-term actions to provide high level of expertise to Central Baltic cities. For this reason, new, augmented, virtual and mixed reality technologies (AR, VR & MR) are explored and utilised as tools to support urban planning processes in guiding discussions, and providing immersive scenarios.

A shared Matrix of indicators for urban resilience is co-developed and new technologies aid in creating a space for interaction between city officials and local actors. Local urban planning initiatives are run in each city with two iterations. These actiones are supported by a multidisciplinary Advisory Board. The context, objectives and findings planned for each round are co-defined and shared during interregional Planners Forum events. Cities have an opportunity to adopt methods learned from their peers' planning and implementation experiences. In the framework of the projectfive integrated urban management plans are developed to aid Central Baltic cities to become more resilient and sustainable. Gained insights are shared via existing networks.

Lead Partner

Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu

Country: FI

Partner budget: 472.978 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 348.301 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Stockholm universitet

Country: SE

Partner budget: 31.460 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 23.595 EUR ERDF

Högskolan i Gävle

Country: SE

Partner budget: 167.892 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 125.919 EUR ERDF

Cēsu novads

Country: LV

Partner budget: 218.803 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 185.982 EUR ERDF

AV Gavlegårdarna

Country: SE

Partner budget: 212.592 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 159.444 EUR ERDF

Tallinna Ülikool

Country: EE

Partner budget: 162.841 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 138.415 EUR ERDF

Helsingin kaupunki

Country: FI

Partner budget: 165.155 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 123.866 EUR ERDF

Viimsi Vallavalitsus

Country: EE

Partner budget: 147.000 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 124.950 EUR ERDF

Rīgas Plānošanas reģions

Country: LV

Partner budget: 100.000 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 85.000 EUR ERDF

Tallinna Linnaplaneerimise Amet

Country: EE

Partner budget: 144.354 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 122.701 EUR ERDF

Högskolan i Gävle

Country: SE

Partner budget: 206.648 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 154.986 EUR ERDF

Associated Partners

Vantaan kaupunki

Country: FI

Stockholm stad

Country: SE

KOD arkitekter

Country: SE

Stadsbyggnadskontoret, Stockholms stad

Country: SE

Länsstyrelsen Stockholm

Country: SE

Expected results

As the main result project results in 5 integrated urban management plans dealing with resilience through re-activation and re-envisioning areas and neighborhoods, one in each partner city. Local stakeholders relevant for each plan are closely included in realising these. By using these local processes as test labs; by sharing notes and findings with peers from other partner cities in three the Planners Forums; and by including coaching from a multidisciplinary Advisory Board, the planning process itself is also observed and developed from the perspectives of creating better opportunities for stakeholder participation and quality interaction. Result indicator: 5 integrated urban plans developed, one in each partner city.
Project will have wider input to BSR policy level, by close cooperation with VASAB and CSPD/BSR,
making the region a front-runner in novel urban development strategies, fostering:
1) Definitions of sustainability and resilience, challenges and possible solutions in the BSR.
2) Parallel implementation scenarios of plans.
3) Policy recommendations based on developed matrix of indicators to be shared on local, interregional and macro-regional levels (presented in Urban planners network and to VASAB).
4) Expertise exchange both on local and interregional level, contribution to implementation from new stakeholders.
5) Working methods for utilising MR technologies in the integrated urban management and recommendations in which cases and state of the planning process they’d be best utilised.
6) MR visualisations of the case areas, and the possibility to modify them (new in the world of novel technologies, and to planning processes).
7) MR scenarios of the cities in the future, aimed to guide planning and decision-making.
8) Communications of insights gained, interactive exhibitions, video reports, articles, scientific articles.

Local Actions, total city land area
Helsinki 214.21 km2;
Tallinn 159.2 km2;
Gävle 42.45 km2;
Cēsis 19.28 km2;
Viimsi 72.84 km

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