Cultural Planning as a method for urban social innovation
UrbCulturalPlanning
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
1 Innovation
objective
1.3 Non-technological innovation

UrbCulturalPlanning

Cities in the Baltic Sea region are challenged by emerging societal and demographic changes and a growing need for sustainable development of neighbourhoods. Active co-creation among citizens and between citizens and authorities can be a way to overcome increasing exclusion of socially sensitive groups, such as the elderly and minors, and to advance Baltic Sea region social innovation. The UrbCulturalPlanning project uses cultural events and gaming methods to engage people into urban social innovation, and to compile a toolbox with good practices for other cities.
Common societal challenges in the Baltic Sea region

Cities across the Baltic Sea region face growing societal challenges to ensure social inclusion and sustainable development while the resources of the public sector remain limited. A response to that is closer cooperation and co-creation between citizens and authorities, and among citizens themselves. The approach called cultural planning is a proven method for citizen-driven urban social innovation.

Creating public sector capacity, creating solutions

The project UrbCulturalPlanning produces a number of hands-on demonstrator projects to address the challenges of shrinking cities, social inclusion, gentrification, use of green and blue resources, lack of community life, stigmatisation or conflicts.

Hundreds of city managers participate in urban labs to explore models they can re-use in their cities. The collected knowledge is shared online in seven languages. A handbook on a cultural planning method and mentoring services help city authorities and local NGOs use the method efficiently. Model residences showcase the inspiring co-existence and space sharing with creative people, such as artists and architects. The project also involves young citizens in urban social innovation via gaming-tools.

Stronger communities in the Baltic Sea region

UrbCulturalPlanning creates a political momentum to ensure and embed citizen-driven solutions across the Baltic Sea region into regional and local policies. The multifaceted project offers benefits to challenged communities across the region by increasing their quality of life, sense of identity, community and social inclusion.

Budgets

UrbCulturalPlanning
in numbers
  • 2.53
    Million
    Total
  • 1.77
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.13
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.06
    Million
    Norway

Highlights by mid-term

UrbCulturalPlanning organised various events, discussions and workshops. For example, the project ran an event along street cuisine in Pori (FI), an event with debates and practical examples of place rejuvenation and social innovation in Riga and guided tours in the neighbourhood in Gdansk. Many events involve communities. Some of them target young people and include gaming activities. These events enable the general public to rethink public space. In an aim to adapt to the current situation, a neighbourhood magazine has been created in Riga to introduce people to the cultural planning method and gather data and opinions from residents during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Partners (cultural institutes, cities/municipalities, universities, etc.) took a first step in the implementation of their Demonstrator Projects (DPs), which will test various cultural planning methods. They started baseline studies of situations in targeted neighbourhoods where the DPs will take place.

Outputs

Project Stories

Partners

Danish Cultural Institute

  • Town
    Copenhagen K
  • Region
    Byen København
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
431,129.00
55.686724312.5700724

Heinrich Böll Foundation Schleswig-Holstein

  • Town
    Kiel
  • Region
    Kiel, Kreisfreie Stadt
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
246,020.00
54.322708510.135555

Copenhagen International Theater

  • Town
    Copenhagen K
  • Region
    Byen København
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
214,900.00
55.686724312.5700724

City Culture Institute

  • Town
    Gdańsk
  • Region
    Trójmiejski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
157,270.00
54.3611928518.62860883362069

Project company Kiel-Gaarden GmbH

  • Town
    Kiel
  • Region
    Kiel, Kreisfreie Stadt
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
158,660.00
54.322708510.135555

Guldborgsund Municipality

  • Town
    Nykøbing F
  • Region
    Vest- og Sydsjælland
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
149,040.00
54.764613711.8709918

Pomorskie Voivodeship

  • Town
    Gdansk
  • Region
    Trójmiejski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
41,470.00
53.303521419.9057132

City of Pori

  • Town
    Pori
  • Region
    Satakunta
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
238,700.00
61.486554221.7968951

City of Riga

  • Town
    Rīga
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
242,032.00
56.949397724.1051846

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

  • Town
    Vilnius
  • Region
    Vilniaus apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
228,990.00
54.687045825.2829111

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

  • Town
    Elverum
  • Region
    Hedmark
  • Country
    Norway
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
124,300.00
60.9728024511.734442073482581

University of Skövde

  • Town
    Skövde
  • Region
    Västra Götalands län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
73,542.00
58.389845313.8443792

The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre

  • Town
    Gdańsk
  • Region
    Trójmiejski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
74,277.00
53.303521419.9057132

SUCCEEDED by PP15 (01/05/2020) Baltic Branch of the Federal State Public Institution of Culture "State Museum and exhibition centre "ROSIZO" "

  • Town
    Kaliningrad
  • Region
    Kaliningrad Oblast
  • Country
    Russian Federation
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
20,832.25
54.71012820.5105838

The Baltic Branch of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

  • Town
    Kaliningrad
  • Region
    Kaliningrad Oblast
  • Country
    Russian Federation
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
127,222.75
54.71012820.5105838