UrbCulturalPlanning Project Partners have jointly agreed and elaborated a transnational framework for project events in terms of themes and timing. Please see information about our project’s Conferences and Urban Labs.
What is an Urban Lab?
Urban Labs is an event used for 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.
The aim of the Urban Labs is to obtain experience and to co-develop Cultural Planning models addressing different societal challenges in the BSR.
Each Urban Lab in UrbCulturalPlanning will have a topic connecting the Baltic Sea Regions’ societal challenges and cultural planning methods relevant to the challenges (topics include urban diversity/cohesion, sustainable communities, aging/children and youth, cultural and green tourism).
The objectives of the Urban Labs are:
- To provide an interactive learning experience.
- To foster transnational BSR knowledge transfer.
- To establish a transnational network.
- To develop and provide input to Urban Toolkit and Hubs of Excellence.
Upcoming UrbCulturalPlanning Urban Labs:
URBAN LAB ON VISIONING – COPENHAGEN
An Urban Lab will take place in Refshaleøen in Copenhagen on 9-11 of September 2019. The main purpose of the Lab is to create a common platform and process to imagine future state of society/neighbourhood and to explore possibilities of change using artistic, gaming and digital tools.
URBAN LAB ON DESIGNING – PORI
The City of Pori will host the Designing Lab on 23-25 October 2019. The aim for the lab is to create a formation of open inclusive design and co-creative processes to design concrete projects with specific user groups/neighbourhood groups.
URBAN LAB ON THE CREATIVE BUREAUCRACY – KIEL, SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN
An Urban Lab will take place in Kiel in January/February 2020. The primarily focus will be to discuss the challenges working across departments in rigid systems and working creatively to change/open public structures.
URBAN LAB ON IMPLEMENTING AND MANAGING – VILNIUS
In the March/April 2020 an Urban Lab will be arranged in Vilnius. It will focus on the on-going process of sustaining and connecting with the community and city/ stakeholders and external partners and the (self-)management of complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
URBAN LAB – KALININGRAD
The Urban Lab will take place in Kaliningrad in April/May 2020.
URBAN LAB ON GREENING AND BLUEING– PORI
In July 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.
URBAN LAB ON SOCIAL INNOVATION – RIGA
An Urban Lab in the city of Riga will happen at the end of September 2020.
It will be questioning what is social innovation and why is it so relevant as a driver for society and in particular in the context of challenged communities.
URBAN LAB ON CHILDREN AND YOUTH – DENMARK
In the end of October 2020 an Urban Lab will take place in Denmark. The lab will be focusing on inclusion of children/youth in social change and community change, experiences, methods.
URBAN LAB ON DIVERSITY – GDANSK
In November/December 2020 there will be an Urban Lab in Gdansk. It 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?
URBAN LAB ON ANCHORING, DIFFUSION, LEARNING STRATEGY – KIEL, SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN
An Urban Lab will take place in January 2021 in Kiel. The Lab will be working with sustainability (social, urban, resources) as the key to securing a long term “legacy” and integrate the project into strategic programs of the city/region business models etc. It will raise the question on how to ensure dissemination and learning of cultural planning?
URBAN LAB ON PUBLIC SPACE – LITHUANIA
In March 2021 the lab will be carried out in Lithuania. It will discuss the importance of public space as a frame for culturally driven cultural planning projects.
CONFERENCE – GDANSK
The conference will be held in May/June 2020 in Gdansk. The themes are social inclusion, participation and new democratic models for society.
CONFERENCE – RIGA
In April/May 2021 the third and last conference will take place in Riga.