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 three Urban Labs so far:
You can read about both under EVENTS.
Upcoming Urban Labs:
1. URBAN LAB ON IMPLEMENTING AND MANAGING – VILNIUS
On the 22nd-24th of April 2020 an Urban Lab will be arranged in Vilnius.
The focus will be on the on-going process of sustaining and connecting with the community and city, as well as with stakeholders, external partners, and the (self-)management of complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
2. URBAN LAB ON GREENING AND BLUEING– PORI
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.
3. URBAN LAB ON SOCIAL INNOVATION – RIGA
An Urban Lab in the city of Riga will happen at the end of September 2020.
We will be questioning what the meaning behind social innovation, as well as why is it so relevant as a driver for society. Particularly in the context of challenged communities.
4. 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/young people in social change, as well as in community change, experiences, methods.
5. URBAN LAB ON DIVERSITY – GDANSK
In November/December 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?
6. 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 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.
7. URBAN LAB – KALININGRAD
The Urban Lab will take place in Kaliningrad in April/May 2021.
Information about this Lab will be announced soon.
8. URBAN LAB ON PUBLIC SPACE – LITHUANIA
In March 2021 a 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.
1. CONFERENCE – GDANSK
The conference will be held in Gdansk on the 29th-30th of June 2020. The themes of the conference are:
- Social inclusion
- New democratic models for society
2. CONFERENCE – RIGA
In April/May 2021 the third and last conference will take place in Riga.
More information will be announced soon.