Energy landscapes and transition. The challenge of linking spatial planning with social, cultural and ecological values.
LABLAB has been granted funding from the Swedish Institute for the project ”New Energy Landscapes”, which has identified the challenge to tackle a lacking consideration of linking spatial planning with social, cultural and ecological values when planning for land-based renewable energy projects.
The project aims to develop a cohesive trans-national and trans-disciplinary platform of know-how on how land-based renewable energy impacts landscapes, spatial planning and identity in the Baltic Sea Region.
The partnership consists of LABLAB, SLU Alnarp, Region Dalarna, the Estonian partners Valga Municipality and Linnalabor, the Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Tartu, the Design and Architecture Department at the Art Academy of Latvia, and the municipality of Saluds. As associated partners the project will have IBA Thüringen in Germany and the secretariat of VASAB. The project will also work to include one or two municipalities from Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden as associated partners.
Our trans-national collaboration will contribute to and speed up the expansion of an urgently needed landscape literacy; a spatial planning know-how (language, methodology and analytical tools) appropriated to navigate between the local and macro contexts of the Baltic Sea Region.