May Issue – Challenges for North European Regions
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Partners, experts and coordinators of the Trans in Form project are getting ready for the Final TiF Conference. From 21st to 23rd May the Trans in Form project will bring together decision makers, politicians and stakeholders for a three day event in Warsaw (Poland) to focus on achievements and impacts of the project. Several high-level keynote speakers will discuss main challenges for regional politics in Poland and Scandinavia as well as challenges for North European regions. They will also present demographic megatrends and talk about the chase for a European identity.

To learn more about the keynote speakers and the conference visit www.tifpro.eu.

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News from ICN:
Krzysztof Czyzewski to speak at the TiF Final - "You had to take some responsibility"
Cliff Hague's Blog – How to tackle the challenge of place branding?
The Kitten Square in Notodden (Norway) - Reviving the City Center
Tranemo organized international camp – Another Successful Youth Camp
Spydeberg's Vollene Culture- and Environmental Farm - Success based on cooperation

International Issues:
High speed railways connecting European regions:
Oslo - Stockholm by train in 2,5 hours?

Urban Architecture from a new point of view:
Interact with each other on multiple levels of life
Creative Cities Network:
The potential of creative industries in Central European Cities

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Upcoming events:
21 – 23 May:
Trans in Form Final Conference (Warsaw, Poland)
17 – 20 June:
Action for Innovation: Innovating from Experience (Barcelona, Spain)
18 – 19 June:
14th Baltic Development Forum Summit & 3rd Forum of the EU Strategy for the BSR (Copenhagen, Denmark)
18 – 22 June: European Sustainable Energy Week (Poltav, Ukraine)

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Krzysztof Czyzewski to speak at the TiF Final

"You had to take some responsibility"

He is a social activist, theater producer, essayist and publisher, as well as the founder and director of the Borderland Foundation in Sejny, Poland - Krzysztof Czyzewski. In 1990 he established the Borderland Foundation as an innovative institution devoted to memorializing, rebuilding, and sustaining the rich cultural diversity in Central and Eastern Europe. From 21 – to 23 May he will participate in the Final Conference of the Trans in Form project and will talk about the culture of co-existence on practicing the Ethos of the Borderland.

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Cliff Hague's Blog

How to tackle the challenge of place branding?

Place brand management is the theme of an article in the current issue of Town and Country Planning, the excellent little magazine produced by the Town and Country Planning Association. Its authors, Sonya Hanna and Jennifer Rowley, stress the need to involve stakeholders in the process. This means not just local residents, but also visitors and businesses. They argue that branding is not only an exercise in marketing: rather the experience of the place is central to the process.

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The Kitten Square in Notodden, Norway

Reviving the City Center

You might not see them at a first glance but when you visit Notodden’s city center - probably the most vibrant part of the town - they are everywhere: Kittens. Small ones, bigger ones, white or black, on roofs and in the streets; no, not real kittens but kitten sculptures. The reason for this unique and special example of urban design is a personal idea that turned into a movement.

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Tranemo organized international camp

Another Successful Youth Camp

Youths from 5 countries gathered in Påarp, near Tranemo in Sweden. The last days of April they focussed on environmental issues and politics. Youths from Norway, Sweden, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania discussed the European challenges within the environment field. Camp leader Jennie Johannisson from Tranemo municipality stressed that four youths have been crucial for the planning and implementation of the camp and she was very satisfied with their contribution.

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High speed railways connecting European regions

Oslo - Stockholm by train in 2,5 hours?

A new report developed by Deutsche Bahn International and Norsk Bane is analyzing the options for building high speed railways between the two fastest growing Scandinavian capitals. 1,2 million passengers per year are already flying between Oslo and Stockholm. In 2025 the number might increase to 1,5 million. A huge amount of flights compared to anywhere else in Europe. Now the EU transport strategy plans to triple the high speed networks in Europe before 2030.

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Urban Architecture from a new point of view

Interact with each other on multiple levels of life

Architecture Acts is a Blog by Gray Read, a Miami based professor who writes about how architecture acts among people and other living things in the city. Read recently posted an article about public space and shopping malls as well as an article that discusses the questions: What if the goal of design was to support life? Interesting thoughts that are worthwhile to dig into.

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Spydeberg's Vollene Culture- and Environmental Farm

Success based on cooperation

The success factor of the Vollene Culture- and Environmental Farm - a center for encounter managed by the municipality of Spydeberg in Østfold county - is the multitude of various activites. Here, a broad number of participants such as local police, other public institutions within or outside the municipality and private institutions commit to the support of the farm. Today, this model of cooperation is known as the ”Spydeberg model”.

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Creative Cities Network

The potential of creative industries in Central European Cities

The creative industry sector is vital in moving towards a more innovative and competitive Europe. The transnational network “Creative Cities” aims to develop new tools to exploit the unused potentials of creative industries in Central European Cities. The project is financed by the Central Europe Programme and develops transnational clusters to make cities more attractive and to stimulate entrepreneurship.

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