At Nordregio Forum 2015 ”Nordic City Regions in a Global Environment” all the international speakers emphasized unique qualities of Nordic cities’ in terms of human scale and sustainable solutions from a social and environmental perspective. The world’s leading expert on the so-called mega-projects, Professor Bent Flyvbjerg of Oxford University, stated that instead of investing in costly prestige projects we should continue to put people first in Nordic urban planning.
This final issue of Nordregio News in 2016 looks closer at some projects and concepts where people are part of the planning process. Involving citizens early in the planning processes opens up for new ideas and approaches and including art when discussing architecture and urban planning might be the way forward when planning and building sustainable cities.
Related Research Projects
- Baltic Urban Lab – Integrated Planning and Partnership Model for Brownfield Development
- Social Green – Regional Policies towards Greening the Social Housing Sector
- The Impact of Participation: mapping and developing the scope, forms and impacts of the communicative turn in urban planning (TIPTOP)
- White Paper on Nordic Sustainable Cities
- Addressing social sustainability through everyday life: Experience from a pilot study in four Nordic city-regions
- Addressing the issue of demographic vulnerability
- Can planning combat segregation and strengthen social sustainability?
- City-region planning for everyday life
- Segregated cities and planning for social sustainability – a Nordic perspective
- Planning Nordic City Regions: Challenges and Opportunities
- Nordregio News 3 2016: Migration and integration
- Nordregio News 1 2016