UBC seminar. Halmstad 9 11 May UBC Commissions on Urban Planning, Environment, Energy and Transport. Re-vitalize the city for sustainability






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UBC seminar

Halmstad 9 – 11 May 2012

Re-vitalize the city for sustainability

Joint seminar:

UBC Commissions on Urban Planning,

Environment, Energy and Transport



Theme and focus of the seminar:

The seminar involves social, economic, environmental and architectural aspects

of sustainable city development and raises the question on how to overcome

physical and mental barriers in sustainable urban planning and how to create

synergies in cities. All of these aspects are dealt with in UBC Commissions, who

now jointly organise this seminar to enable its member cities to exchange on

this highly interdisciplinary topic.

The seminar will facilitate discussions and practical work on how to create

mix-ed-use-areas, accessibility, challenges arising from traffic, industry and energy,

how to approach climate change effects and how to decrease harmful

environ-mental impacts. The focus is on how to create an attractive city!

Tuesday 8th

Get-together evening at the Scandic lounge, Hotel Scandic Hallandia,

Rådhusgatan 4.

Wednesday 9th of May

Location: Halmstads teater, Fredsgatan 5

08.30 Registration

09.00 Welcome to Halmstad, short presentation of Halmstad

Ann-Charlotte Westlund Chairman of City Council

Welcome and practical information

By all UBC Commissions

09.30 Introduction to the UBC Action Programme and UBC Commissions and the purpose of the seminar


09.45 The Baltic Sea Region Covenant Club – UBC member cities networking towards an energy and climate friendly future

UBC Commission on Environment

10.15 Sustainable Business Hub - holistic services for sustainable urban development

Eva Sjölin, SB HUB and Gunilla Kronvall, Sandell och Sandberg Architects, Malmö

10.45 Coffee break

11.15 Approach Social sustainability and an Attractive city.

Including 10 min discussion

Viktoria Walldin, White Architects, Stockholm

12.00 Economic sustainability: vision, financing and process towards an inclusive city

Gunilla Kronvall, Sandell och Sandberg Architects, Malmö

12.45 Sustainable planning in Halmstad - planning methods and anticipated goals for the areas and the future City of Halmstad

Officials of Halmstad

13.15 Introduction to the working groups +workshop areas in Halmstad (see more info attached)

Mattias Bjellvi and Karin Larsson, City of Halmstad

13.45 Depart by bus for lunch and guided bus trip to the workshop areas

14.00 Lunch at Östergårdsskolan

14.45 Guided bus trip to and around workshop areas

16.30 Establishing work groups with an areal view of the city from Trade centre

17.15 Continuation of the bus trip

18.00 Return to Halmstad Theater

20.00 Dinner reception of the city of Halmstad at City Library, Axel Olsons gata 1


Thursday 10th of May

Location: Halmstads teater, Fredsgatan 5

08.30 Wrap up of day one and General information of upcoming events

08.45 Malmö - the sustainable city 2025

Katarina Pelin, City of Malmö

09.30 Good practice of sustainable solutions – open space for member cities´

presentations Please contact Björn Grönholm, bjorn.gronholm@ubc.net, if you are interested to make a short presentation!

10.00 Coffee break 10.30 Working groups

12.30 Lunch at Halmstads Teater

13.30 City walking tour

Historical views, modern transformation within the city centre and emergence of a new housing district.

14.30 Coffee and continuation of Working groups

17.30 Short walk to restaurant

18.00 Dinner at Sturehof, Engelbrektsgatan 36

Friday 11th of May

Location: City Hall, Kyrkogatan 5

08.30 Finalizing the presentations in the working groups

09.45 Coffee break

10.00 Presentations and conclusions – open discussion with the politicians

Working group 1 – Tullkammarkajen

Work shop area 2 – Larsfrid – Östra stranden Working group 3 – Baltic Sea Region Covenant Club

12.15 Conclusions of the seminar - UBC and Halmstad Municipality including presen- tations of next steps and closing of the seminar.

First step of preparation of the after workshop summary report


UBC Joint Committee workshop in Halmstad

9th to 11th of May 2012

Information about speeches and speekers

Wednesday 10.15-10.45

Sustainable Business Hub and Sustainable Urban Development – public leadership

and private knowhow in the south of Sweden.

Gunilla Kronvall Sandell och Sandberg Architects, Malmö and

Eva Sjölin, SB HUB/Arkplan, Lomma

Sustainable issues have been a natural part of urban development in Sweden for a long time. Not only when it becomes to new technology but also in areas such as urban governance, urban strategies, urban resource management and urban planning and design. In the south of Swe-den we now can show You lots of built examples of this. To make this experience available for a larger international population a non-profit organisation Sustainable Business Hub, situated in Malmö, has gathered companies, cityplanners and universities to work out more holistic service offers in the area of sustainable urban development. Our offers are mainly focused on public organisations such as cities and municipalities or governments.

- Do You want to know more, please don´t hesitate to contact us during the seminar.!!!

Eva Sjölin

Eva Sjölin (Team leader) has been working with planning and building as a chief architect and leader of building councils on regional and municipal levels in the south of Sweden. She had a key role in transforming the city of Staffanstorp from a suburb to a small town with an identity of its own as well as the new development in Lomma Harbour and Lomma City Center. Twice she has received the Swedish Association of Architect´s price for Urban Planning. Nowadays you can find Eva as a leader of the Sustainable Urban Development team at Sustainable Business HUB in Region Skåne, a cluster of both companies, organisations, cityplanners in close coopera-tion with a number of universities in the south of Sweden. She also works as a senior advicer close to the team of urban planning at FOJAB Architects in Malmo.

Wednesday 12.00-12.45

Economic sustainability; vision, finance and process for an inclusive city.

Gunilla Kronvall, Sandell och Sandberg Architects, Malmö

Norra Sorgenfri is Malmö’s oldest industrial area, 50 hectar and centrally located, and ready for development. With many different landowners and a challenging reputation the site needed a process led by the municipality and in dialogue with all actors. An economic, social and spatial vision for a future Norra Sorgenfri was created which is now being implemented.

Gunilla Kronvall

Architect and urban designer Gunilla Kronvall runs the architect’s office sandellsandberg in Malmö, which runs building design as well as urban processes/design projects.


Gunilla previously worked at the City of Malmö where she ran large-scale brownfield develop-ment projects, such as Norra Sorgenfri which she will talk about at the Halmstad UBC confe-rence.

For the last ten years, Gunilla has been involved in teaching architecture and urban develop-ment/design from the School of Architecture in Lund, running design studios and workshops (master level) in Sweden as well as internationally.

Gunilla is a fellow at the Institute for Urban Design, NYC, and member of R/E/D (research in environment and design) in London.

Wednesday 11.15-12.00

Approach Social sustainability and an Attractive city

Viktoria Walldin, White architects, Stockholm

During the last decade, the building industry has discussed sustainability as a crucial part of ur-ban development. In the established triangle of sustainability categories (ecological, economic and social) the part that deals with the social aspects is just as important as diffuse. How can we forecast human and social activity? Can you measure this? Is it really profitable/cost effective to focus on social aspects?

To re-qualify places for new uses is not a short term cost effective - project but a process that leave room for humans to develop and adjust the place to a function appropriate for their way of being, living and working. In the quest for understanding what these means in reality, an early focus on “soft” infrastructure needs to be enhanced in order to create attractive, dynamic sustainable cities. Viktoria will give examples on micro approach in projects aiming for regene-ration of places as part of the creation of a long term liveable city.

Viktoria Walldin

Viktoria Walldin is an anthropologist at White Architects. Her projects concerns strategies and methods for how to work with sustainable planning based on social aspects. The focus is on a bottom up “user perspective” but also the work processes between the various stakeholders. Her portfolio ranges from urban planning, participants dialogs at renovations and programs for public buildings.

Thursday 8.45-9.30

Malmö – the sustainable city 2025

Malmö is a city in the South of Sweden that is changing very fast. The City of Malmö in Sweden was appointed the prime city managing the environment in Sweden 2010 in the newspaper Miljöaktuellt. Katarina Pelin is going to talk about how the city works with sustainability in a broader perspective and how she as a leader runs the works for the environment and sustaina-bility within a municipal department.

Katarina Pelin


Working group 1


– How to create a new

attrac-tive and sustainable city part

Tullkammarkajen – a development area that used to be, and still is in some parts, an industrial area close to the harbour, the rail-way station/planned travel centre and the city centre. The area is also situated along the small river Nissan and nearby the sea.

The intention is to extend the inner city with mixed functions as dwellings, shops, walking pos-sibilities along the river etc. A new bridge is proposed to connect the west and the east side of the small river Nissan.


How can we create a new attractive, sustainable part of the inner city with low environmental impact and good possibilities for urban life? How can we create good connections with the city centre, the new travel centre and other parts of the city without causing to much negative impact on the attractivity in other areas in the city?

Important issues to deal with - examples: large barriers as the river, the roads and the railway, disturbances and risks related to the railway, industries and the harbour.

Working group 2

Larsfrid - Vilhelmsfält /

Östra Stranden

– How to form an attractive

multifunctional area?

Larsfrid – Östra stranden is an industrial area situated next to the harbour. The area is not far from the city centre and the planned travel centre. The area contains different kinds of

enterprises, of which some are disturbing, and Halmstad University (14.500 students). Large roads and the railway carrying goods connects to the area. Today the Larsfrid industrial area is a barrier between a popular beach area and the residential areas mostly from the 1950´s to the 70´s.

The intention is to create a long term vision for an attractive and sustainable part of the city that connects the existing residential areas with the city centre, the University and the sea.Task/ challenge:

How to form an attractive area with low impact on the environment that contains mixed functions such as companies, university, shops, dwellings etc.? How to deal with the disturbing enterprises and communications? How to improve the contact with the travel centre/city centre, the existing residential areas close by and the recreation area by the sea?

Important issues to deal with - examples: large barriers and disturbances caused by existing and planned roads and the railway. Disturbing industries within the area as well as the harbour close by. The nearby situated residential areas from the 1950´s to the 70´s are areas with socio-economic problems that need to be improved.


Working group 3

Climate and energy issues in

city planning

– how the Covenant of

Mayors can support cities

The working group 3 will focus on climate and energy related aspects in city planning and how the European initiative Covenant of Mayors (CoM) can support cities in these

issues. UBC is an official supporting structure of the CoM as well as there are national suppor-ters existing. The aim is to establish a UBC internal networking platform, the “Baltic Sea Region Covenant Club”, which enables UBC member cities to exchange their experiences after signing the CoM, prepare the signature and take part in several trainings/workshops that will be ar-ranged in connection with the Commission meetings in the next 2 years.

In our first workshop, the City of Halmstad will share their experience from signing the Cove-nant of mayors, challenges and problems, as well as motivations why they joined.

The workshop will also introduce some tools for strategic management how to integrate the CoM commitments into existing environmental/sustainability management.





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