Commission work

Planning Cities

Commission work

Joining the Network

The Commission has established a growing network of planners, architects, civil engineers and other urban planning professionals.

The network members have the opportunity to meet each other through UBC-organized seminars - to exchange ideas and experiences, learn about new developments in urban planning, collaborate, and interact with members of the UBC.


UBC support the Commission to support the host cities and to run the steering group. Annual budget is 10-20.000 Euro depending of the number of seminars and steering group meetings.

Steering group

The steering group is currently comprised of representatives from the leading cities of the Commission:

Gdynia, Poland
Paulina Szewczyk

Riga, Latvia
Māra Liepa

Turku, Finland
Björn Grönholm

Visby, Sweden
Frida Brunner

Network seminars

The Commission arrange 1-2 annual seminars in different host cities focusing on the local challengees.

Last seminars of the Commission:
Planning Cities Commission seminar, Rostock

27.09.2021 to 29.09.2021

Planning Cities Commission Webinar: The impact of coronavirus on the city planning. Experiences of the Baltic Cities


Planning Cities Commission Seminar, Gdynia

27.10.2019 to 30.10.2019


21.10.2018 to 24.10.2018

Planning Cities and Smart&Prospering Cities Commissions workshop
14-17 May 2017, Rostock 

"Rediscovering water in the city: public realm strategies on the waterfront"
16-19 October 2016, Klaipėda

“New times - new dynamics”
22-25 May 2016, Söderhamn

“Developing seacoast – local and city-wide perspective”
18-21 October 2015, Gdańsk

Urban Planning and Environment seminar "Urban Streams"
14-17 September 2014, Riga

“From a Traffic corridor and wasteland to a lively city”
Urban Planning in co-operation with Environment and Transport
18-21 May 2014, Örebro


Contact persons: 

Paulina Szewczyk

Chair of the Planning Cities Commission

City of Gdynia

City Planning Office
Tadeusza Wendy 7/9
81-341 Gdynia, Poland
Tel. +48 58 6698916

Māra Liepa-Zemeša

Vice Chairperson

Head of Territorial Planning Unit

Rīga City Council
Rīgas pašvaldība
City Development Department
Amatu str.4
LV-1050 Rīga
Tel. +371 6 7012926