We all face various challenges when planning our places. We spent the afternoon adressing most of them.
Each town describes one or several identified challenges that they are facing. There are a lot of similarities amongst the participating towns in the collaboration, with specifik challenges bound to the geographical site. Demographic, strategic, operational and a vibrant town centre through out the year are some of the challenges that is raised. An exchange with collaboration and partnership is necessary and requested.
Destination developer Kristjan Fannar from Falkenberg makes us all stand up, close our eyes and think of a special place we like. He also adressed the importance of citizen dialogue and influence when planning public space. Who do we contact when we want to develop our place? We should create forums for interaction.
Henrik Bengtsson from Region Halland gave us a brief summary of the EU-strategy for 2020. However we learned that there are no sprecific objectives or strategies within the EU2020 on how urban planning can contribute to a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Here is Henrik’s presentation
EU2020_12 mars EUPLETT
Today we welcome our new friends within the EU-project EUPLETT. Welcome to Falkenberg! We will be spending the next four days together, with a common goal to share influences and initiate new and exciting ideas when it comes to planning vibrant town centres.
During our first day, on the 11th of March, we will be listening to Bo Bergman, senior researcher at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) talking about the challenges and opportunities for smaller towns.
On Wednesday all participants will introduce themselves further and also present local challanges that we are facing. We will also learn more about EU2020 and as a group try to define what a vibrant city center should be.