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In the framework of the CUPA programme, the 9th Implementation Lab Workshop was held from Tuesday 8th of December till Friday 11th of December 2015 in Gdańsk, Poland.
The preparatory visit, which was made, resulted in a specification of the case study for Gdańsk Implementation Lab.
The Gdańsk Development Office presented three potential study cases for the CUPA Implementation Lab of which one was chosen.



Characteristics of the study case Gdańsk :

During our preparatory visit (5th - 6th november 2015), the study case area was visited and a general impression was gained of the City of Gdańsk, but as well the Tricity Gdańsk-Sopot-Gdynia.

Gdańsk and its agglomeration is a highly attractive touristic hotspot nearby the Baltic Sea, which influences the economic structure of the city as an important port. As a former free and Hansa City Gdańsk could gain already in medieval times great macro-regional importance.

At the latest by 1980 Gdańsk became the core cell of transformation of the soviet block of Eastern Europe. In the 1980s Solidarność was a broad anti-bureaucratic social movement, using the methods of civil resistance to advance the causes of workers' rights and social change. This led the way to the independence of Poland in 1989. Hence the historical heritage and emotional bonds to Gdańsk  are strong and the still play a major role in the collective memory of the Polish People and Eastern Europeans as such.

Besides the historical importance of the place, the Tricity is a growing region with all related challenges in terms of urban planning. On one of the development sites between Gdańsk and Sopot at the Grunwaldzka Avenue, the new Campus of the University of Gdańsk  has been established and struggles with further integration into the local urban fabric.


In short the following problem statement is topic of the CUPA Implementation Lab:

The purpose of the workshop is to propose new, all-day functions and creative forms of new objects, which could create an attractive landscape/city- along the Grunwaldzka Avenue.
The additional task is to define in a pedestrian friendly urban structure of squares located next to main crossroads (close to Olivia Skating Hall in the north)

considering the following factors:
-  Acoustics of the street.
-  Functional dominance of the university buildings and the two new
   office buildings with a large number of employees (Olivia Business
   Centre and Alchemy).
-  Contemporary culture monument (Olivia Skating Hall).
-  The Avenue transportation links for vehicular traffic, pedestrian
   movement, and cycling.

The challenge is also to solve the problem of parking places for both existing and planned functions.
-  Fenced plots around the site.
-  Opportunities for incubating business functions in close cooperation
   with the faculties of the university of Gdánsk.

The preparatory visit offered the possibility to explore and assess the above mentioned issues as both fruitful and complex & demanding focus for an Implementation Lab.

Additionally to the main task of the CUPA-IL, we will assess in brief another urban development challenge of great attractiveness to city planners.


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Programme of the workshop

- The web page with the detailed programme can be found here.

- A PDF of the Programme of the workshop can be downloaded here


The Final report of the CUPA GDANSK Implementation Lab is available and can be downloaded from this website. (Update: 20th february 2016)



IL-GDANSK-Part-1-Final-report-2015-12-09-till-11-[final].pdf (72,2 Mb)

IL-GDANSK-Part-2-Final-report-Study-case-dossier.pdf (16,6 Mb)


Both files (part 1 and part 2) can be downloaded in this zipfile: (87,2 Mb)