Sustainable Cities 2022

Sustainable Cities in the Nordic-Baltic Region 2022 is an intensive four-day event, master’s level course and competition focusing on multidisciplinary and practical urban planning and collaboration. The course brings together students, teachers, professors, practitioners and other leading experts from the Nordic-Baltic countries to share ideas and work together on a real-life planning case, taking on the challenge of developing sustainable cities.

The theme for the Sustainable Cities in the Nordic-Baltic Region 2022 is to develop visions for Gullmarsplan and Årstaskogen, the area connecting central Stockholm to the Southern suburbs. On 24th – 27th of April 2022 we’ll meet in Stockholm and the course will feature a real-life planning case about developing the city of Stockholm.

The course is academically grounded and planned together with qualified teachers and researchers from the Nordic and Baltic universities. We are also collaborating with the City of Stockholm and other relevant actors to address the real issues in the area. The students will work on the case assignment throughout the four-day course in teams. The group work will be facilitated by doctoral students, all with different orientations around the urban planning issues. The course work also includes a written pre-assignment before the intensive course, on line group meetings, as well as a written report after the course on the learning experiences and case outcomes. Read the course description here.


Open call for applications 1-31st of October 2021.

We welcome applicants from all the Nordic and Baltic countries. The selection criteria for admission to the course are interdisciplinarity, breadth and regional representativeness, as well as the motivation shown by the student in his / her application. (NOTE! Our funding only allows us to accept Master´s level students from the following countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania).

Apply here



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About the project:

Organizers: The project is administered by Hanaholmen and the partners include University of Tallinn, University of Latvia and Stockholm University (Stockholm Resilience Center). In addition, the project group consists of members from collaborative partners such as Aalto University, University of Helsinki, University of Tampere and the Urban Academy Network.

Funders: Nordplus Horizontal 2019-2021

The Nordic City Challenge was piloted in 2015 in Espoo, Finland. After the first three years the organizing team has continued to develop the concept, in order to be able to promote multi-sectoral and -disciplinary collaboration concerning sustainable urban development in the future. In 2019 the Project took its current name, Sustainable Cities in the Nordic-Baltic Region.