Baltic Urban Lab - Integrated Planning and Partnership Model for Brownfield Regeneration

Project description

Baltic Urban Lab tackled the need to build attractive, high-quality and sustainable urban areas: a common challenge for all Central Baltic cities. The project identified and promoted pre-existing good practices on brownfield regeneration and facilitated 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 were developed and tested on selected brownfield sites in the four project cities - Riga, Tallinn, Turku and Norrköping. The project aimed 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.


  • Local piloting of new methods and solutions, joint learning and exchange of experiences for better capitalization of brownfields via organized site visits, stakeholder workshops, webinars, teleconferences  and other project events
  • Identifying and promoting already existing good practices and knowledge on brownfield regeneration and co-creative urban planning approaches from project cities and cities beyond the project
  • Strengthening Public-Private-People (PPP) partnership to contribute to the development of high-quality urban environment and implementation of new solutions for low-carbon cities
  • Developing and testing of Integrated Planning and Partnership model (IPPM) to Brownfield regeneration for the Central Baltic cities


The project led to an increased awareness of existing good examples and solutions for better management of urban brownfield areas. The project resulted 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.

  • Better capitalization of existing good practices on Brownfield regeneration
  • Formulated common understanding and framework of the Brownfield regeneration  in the Central Baltic region to support smart urban development
  • IPPM and PPP- partnership that can be used in the future development processes
  • Analyses of the lessons learned from testing the integrated planning approach and PPP- partnership with the development of selected site serves as an input for further developing the IPP model
  • Developed Integrated Plan and Development Strategies for the selected pilot sites creating base for development projects and better utilization of brownfields
  • Recommendations for actions for test cities based on the Pilots Reviews