• December 12, 2017

Expert discussion in Riga regarding cooperation models for developing campuses

Recently, Riga Planning Region (RPR) presented the potential cooperation models for developing the knowledge hub on the west bank region of River Daugava (Pārdaugava) in Riga, and invited the experts to a discussion on creating successful cooperation models, also involving the representatives from municipalities, educational institutions, as well as entrepreneurs. Presentation and the discussion is […]

  • November 16, 2017

Four visions for future Myllypuro – presentation raised lively discussion

Myllypuro will be the home of the future campus of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, introducing some 6000 students and 500 members of staff to the area. What will be the shared goals for the city and campus, and how can their actions be aligned in the future? How could this cooperation show up in […]

  • September 29, 2017

New spatial vision of Tartu as an open, international, and smart university city

September 2017 brought a new spatial agenda to the city of Tartu when the new comprehensive plan of the city was imposed by the City Council. Four years of development process and consultations of the comprehensive plan has resulted in a balanced, yet ambitious framework that sets spatial development principles for the next 15 years. […]

  • June 26, 2017

Campuses for smarter, better Baltic cities? Notes and discussion from the EUSBSR Forum 2017

On 13 and 14 June, Project Manager Päivi Keränen and WP leader Emils Rode participated in the 8th EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region Annual Forum, held in Berlin. This year’s theme was ‘Connectivity’. The Forum was preceded by Baltic Development Forum Summit – a separate but thematically related event. The Summit lined up two […]

  • June 6, 2017

Experts: “Resilience” has new meaning in building academic centres in the World

This May, an event dedicated to the topic of creation and sustainability of university campuses was organised in Riga, upon the initiative of Riga Planning Region (RPR) and University of Latvia. As seminar experts pointed out, campuses should provide solutions to numerous challenges of today, as well as to be an integral part of the […]

  • May 23, 2017

Meet-up of Live Baltic Campus partners at seminar in Riga

Upon the initiative of Riga Planning Region and the University of Latvia, the partners of Live Baltic Campus project have been invited to Riga, and they will participate at a seminar on 23rd and 24th of May. The discussion will focus on a successful development of sustainable campuses in Riga. As stated by Emils Rode, […]

Uusimaa-viikko 2017, Tuula Palaste
  • May 17, 2017

Co-ideation for Myllypuro Campus Square

”Is it ok for me to be here? Higher education campuses are often perceived to be inaccessible and distant. On the other hand there are plenty of expectations towards them in spreading the knowledge and expertise as well as fostering innovations. Streets and squares connect campuses to the rest of the city and are excellent […]

Illustration of Campus Albano Credit: Stadsbyggnadskontoret Stockholm (The Stockholm City Planning Office).
  • May 16, 2017

Campus Albano: Experiences and Insights from the Planning Process

Looking at the planning process design as a critical element of the Campus Albano project can provide valuable insights to others who are or will be working with similar inclusive and integrated design processes. The campus, which currently is under construction, is located in the Stockholm National Urban Park, the world’s first urban national park. […]

  • May 12, 2017

UL and RISEBA FAD: Design studio on mobility culture in the new campus area

On 27 April 2017 more than 16 spatial planning and architecture students from the University of Latvia (UL) and RISEBA Faculty of Architecture and Design gathered for a design session on the future of mobility in the new campus area of Pardaugava. The challenging brief for the studio stated that in the coming decade, the left […]

  • April 21, 2017

RISEBA FAD Research Meeting: The Future of Academic Campuses in Riga

On April 6, the Live Baltic Campus project partners in Riga gathered at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of RISEBA University. Under the thematic auspices of the Knowledge Mile in Riga, the meeting was dedicated to the mid-term review of the extensive original research performed by architecture students concerned with the future of academic […]

  • March 28, 2017

Ideas and discussions – valuable takeaways from the Livable City Forum in Tartu

Many thanks to our Estonian partners for the round of discussions at the Livable City Forum. These three days were worthwhile, inspirational and rich in valuable ideas for our future work, so we asked our experts to share their impressions and suggestions. Guntars Ruskuls, director of the Strategic Planning division of the City Development Department […]

  • February 27, 2017

Latest News of Campus Albano

Campus Albano is the newest addition to the Stockholm University campus in Sweden. Production commenced in November 2015, after a five-year planning and design process. The student and researcher accommodations, and the university buildings are expected to be ready by 2018 and 2019, respectively. On January 17, Live Baltic Campus partners Stephan Barthel and Johan […]

  • February 16, 2017

In or out?

Illustration: “ICONICUM” – the winning design of the architectural competition by Architect11. The new multifunctional study building Delta in the centre of Tartu Age Poom, Tõnis Arjus Finding the best location for a new IT study complex was the most influential spatial decision in the University of Tartu in year 2016. The principal question was […]

  • January 25, 2017

Challenge of Myllypuro and other suburbs

Suburbs offer people shelter but what do we actually need? At the moment the eastern parts of Helsinki suffer from bad reputation. Lower housing cost in this part of the city has been one reason why it is becoming more popular place for living – nowadays suburbs tends to be places for sleeping. Excellent commuting […]

  • January 11, 2017
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A Critical Perspective on the “Smart City” Model

As urban ecologists interested in urban design we have increasingly been exposed to the smart city model (SC-model) at various planning conferences, nationally as well as internationally. “Smart City” has quickly become a present-day “buzzword” in the current debate on sustainable city development. Recently in Stockholm we attended the FORMAS breakfast meeting on the theme: […]