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Last weekend the Sustainable Design Lab was kicked off! During the two inspiring workshops the participants and creative designers from Hamburg, Mikkeli and Riga, who will participate in the Lab and share their visions for re-imagining more sustainable cities, met online.

Check out the video, made by Arthur Aizikovich Media that was created for designers to get to know Riga and see some of the challenges the city is currently facing as well as learn how other designers have been involved in developing the largest innovation district in Riga in a sustainable and inclusive way.


This virtual city tour of Hamburg gives Sustainable Design Lab participants an idea of the urban planning challenges Hamburg faces and where the city is already making progress with positive examples.

The Sustainable Design Lab allows designers from different disciplines and different countries of the Baltic Sea Region to participate in an international Pop Up Prototyping Lab and work on ideas related to the SDG 11 ‚ÄúSustainable Cities and Communities‚ÄĚ. Working with skilled designers from Hamburg, Mikkeli and Riga, the participants will be attending three digital workshops and other activities focused on circular design. Here they will gain knowledge about

- Realising their own ideas and developing prototypes

- using inspiration from different disciplines and cultures

- Sustainable / Circular design

After the workshops, the participants will present a prototype for a sustainable environment, created from their own ideas and present it to a public audience.

Sustainable Design Lab takes place within Creative Ports. The Lab is jointly hosted by three Creative Ports partners Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, XAMK - South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences and Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with the support of Goethe-Institut Riga, Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture - NDPC and Magnetic Latvia