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1.2. Creative Urban Planning

Aim of the session: The session presents proactive case examples of economically, socially, culturally and environmentally sustainable solutions for today’s urban planning. These cases showcase how city-regions can the best be prepared to manage the opportunities and challenges of the future. Furthermore, in the session the roles and responsibilities of the regions to implement European macro level strategies, like The Europe 2020 territorial agenda will be discussed.

Facilitator: Jussi Jauhiainen, Professor of Geography, Turku University, Finland
Rapporteur: Stefanie Lange, Research Assistant, Nordregio, Sweden

Sustainable local solutions for global challenges

Introduction to the topic and comparison between countries.
Jussi Jauhiainen, Professor of geography, Turku university, Finland

Programme for a train station area: sustainable, living city space

The presentation showcases a programme for the conversion of the area around the train station and its surroundings in the city of Västerås.It has received funding from the delegation for sustainable cities, mainly for social sustainability, as it involve citizens in the early phase.
Lotta Lindstam, Director of Department of Urban development, Västerås, Sweden

Urban development for the future – examples from Aalesund, Norway

Ålesund is a medium-sized Norwegian city with 42 000 inhabitants. Ålesund focuses on sustainable development, based on good planning and operations. Ålesund has come a long way to exploiting environmentally friendly energy such as water power and district heating. Ålesund cooperates actively with the residents and the local business community to arrive at good climate friendly solutions.
Bjørn Tømmerdal, Mayor of Aalesund, Norway

Solutions of a new kind to realise sustainable development in the Nordic countries

In 2007 the Nordic Council of Ministers initiated a debate on what kind of connections there are between gender, i.e. the choices and behaviour of women and men, and climate change and sustainable development. For instance traffic, consumption, food and waste disposal are areas where behaviour and choices differ according to gender. We need information about what kind of carbon footprints women and men in the Nordic countries have in order to better understand the development and find more apt and sustainable solutions to combat climate change and strengthen sustainable development.
Jonina Bjartmarz, Entrepreneur, Lawyer, former Minister for the Environment, former Minister for Nordic Cooperation, Iceland

Summary of parallel session 1.2 Creative urban transport

Presentations:

Lotta Lindstam: Programme for a train station area: sustainable, living city space

The presentation showcases a programme for the conversion of the area around the train station and its surroundings in the city of Västerås.It has received funding from the delegation for sustainable cities, mainly for social sustainability, as it involve citizens in the early phase.

Bjørn Tømmerdal: Urban development for the future – examples from Aalesund, Norway

The presentation was devoted to the sustainable development of Ålesund, based on good planning and operations. It was told how Ålesund has come a long way to exploiting environmentally friendly energy such as water power and district heating and how the city cooperates actively with the residents and the local business community to arrive at good climate friendly solutions.

Jonina Bjartmarz: Solutions of a new kind to realize sustainable development in the Nordic countries

The presentation was about interdependence of gender, i.e. the choices and behaviour of women and men, and climate change and sustainable development. For instance traffic, consumption, food and waste disposal are areas where behaviour and choices differ according to gender. This research was vital for better understanding of development and finding more apt and sustainable solutions to combat climate change and strengthen sustainable development.

Panel discussion