UPDATE: due to coronavirus restrictions covering Europe and elsewhere, UrbCulturalPlanning has changed multiple dates for most of the upcoming events in 2020 and 2021. Please, look for any event that has caught your interest and see the updated information in Bold gold text at each activity.
Urb Cultural Planning Project Partners have jointly agreed and elaborated on a transnational framework for project events in terms of themes and timing. Please see information about our project’s Conferences and Urban Labs below.
What are Urban Labs for?
Urban Labs are events used to fostering the development and implementation of innovation, experimentation and knowledge in urban, real-life settings while emphasizing the important role of citizen participation and co-creation.
Furthermore, the aim of the Urban Labs is to obtain experience and to co-develop Cultural Planning models addressing different societal challenges in the Baltic Sea region.
Each Urban Lab will focus on different societal challenges in the Baltic Sea region, as well as cultural planning methods relevant to these challenges. Therefore, topics will include: Urban diversity / cohesion, sustainable communities, children and youth, as well as cultural and green tourism.
More specifically, the main objectives of the Urban Labs are to:
- provide an interactive learning experience.
- foster transnational knowledge of the BSR.
- establish a transnational network.
- develop and provide input to Urban Toolkit and Hubs of Excellence.
We have done five Urban Labs so far:
UPCOMING URBAN LABS:
1. URBAN LAB ON GREENING AND BLUEING– PORI
Urban Lab Pori is planned in 25 – 26 August 2021 and, hopefully, offline and outdoors. Please follow for more information soon.
In August 2020, an Urban Lab will be carried out in the City of Pori.
The aim is to work with the environmental issues we are facing – a strong aspect which will be more present in the future dialog about urban strategies.
2. URBAN LAB ON CHILDREN AND YOUTH – GULDBORGSUND/COPENHAGEN
Urban Lab Denmark is planned on 17-18 June 2021 and as a hybrid event. Please follow for more information soon.
In the end of October 2020, an Urban Lab will take place in Denmark.
The lab will be focusing on inclusion of children/young people in social change, as well as in community change, experiences, methods.
3. URBAN LAB – GDANSK
UPDATE 22.09.20. Urban Lab Gdansk is cancelled.
In November, 2020 there will be an Urban Lab in Gdansk.
This Lab will raise the problematic concerning diversity. How to involve different communities and groups in the process and how to design processes which can connect groups between different social backgrounds, culture and ethnicity?
4. URBAN LAB ON ANCHORING, DIFFUSION, LEARNING STRATEGY – KIEL, SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN
As for now, Urban Lab Kiel is presumably planned in the beginning of September 2021 as a hybrid event. Please follow for more information soon.
An Urban Lab will take place in late January 2021 in Kiel.
The Lab will be working with sustainability as the key to securing a long term “legacy” and integrate the project into strategic programs of the city/region business models, etc. In addition, it will raise the question on how to ensure dissemination and learning of cultural planning.
5. URBAN LAB – KALININGRAD
Urban Lab Kaliningrad is planned in mid-July 2021 and as a hybrid event. Please follow for more information soon.
The Urban Lab will take place in Kaliningrad in April/May 2021.
Information about this Lab will be announced soon.
6. URBAN LAB ON PUBLIC SPACE – LITHUANIA
Urban Lab is planned in Visaginas on 21 May 2021 and as a hybrid event. Please follow for more information soon.
In March 2021, an Urban Lab will be carried out in Lithuania.
Here we will discuss the importance of public space as a frame for culturally driven cultural planning projects.
Conferences bring Cultural Planning practitioners together with relevant policymakers and stakeholders: regional and city planners, culture departments, funders, NGOs, business-organisations, and media. Conferences combine keynotes and lecture-style presentations with more hands-on interactive formats (workshops, round-table discussions, or site visits).
Each event aims for participation of 100-150 persons, including both the partner regions/countries and those outside the current partnership. Conferences are also open for professional practitioners in other fields, such as urbanists, architects, artists, researchers, etc., and will partner with multilateral organisations and regional initiatives on attracting participants, such as United BalticCities, BSSSC, NordicUrban Lab, Co-Urbanism etc.
We have done two UrbCultural conferences so far:
1. CONFERENCE – RIGA
The conference in Riga is planned from 15 – 17 September 2021 the latest and offline. Please follow for more information soon.
In April/May 2021, the third and last conference will take place in Riga.
More information will be announced soon, and any changes will be published on our social media channels as well as in partners’ channels.