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Augmented Urbans -hankkeen kuvitus.

XR Technology in Urban Planning

Augmented Urbans focuses on making the often complex urban planning processes and scenarios easier to understand by visualizing them with novel extended reality (XR) technologies. The project also aims to improve stakeholder participation and linkage between long-term visions and short-term actions for enhancing resilience in cities.

Local Actions in the Baltic Region

The project will result in five integrated urban plans produced in Helsinki, Tallinn, Gävle, Cesis and Viimsi in collaboration with local stakeholders. New, augmented, virtual and mixed reality technologies (AR, VR & MR) are explored and utilized as tools to support urban planning processes in guiding discussions and providing immersive scenarios.

Project Partners

The project is a joint cooperation venture of

  • Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • City of Helsinki, Finland
  • City of Tallinn, Estonia
  • Gavlegårdarna, Sweden
  • Municipality of Cesis, Latvia
  • Municipality of Viimsi, Estonia
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
  • Riga Planning Region, Latvia
  • University of Gävle, Sweden
  • University of Tallinn, Estonia


Total budget of the project is 2,02 MEUR with 1,59 MEUR from the European Regional Development Fund

News and events

Augmented Urbans -tapahtuman Extending Design Realities kuvituskuva.

Augmented Urbans in cooperation with Helsinki XR Center and Finnish Design Academy is organizing an event Extending Design Realities on 28 May 2019 10am–3pm. Join us in discussions and networking, hear leading experts from XR and urban planning fields share their insightful and inspiring perspectives in keynotes, and experience fascinating XR solutions yourself in the newly established Helsinki XR Center. Read more about the event

More information:

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Päivi Keränen, Project Manager
paivi.keranen [at]

Jalmari Sarla, Communication Manager
jalmari.sarla [at]


European Regional Development Fund - European Union.Interreg Central Baltic.