Augmented Urbans project

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 webinar on the 27th of January 2021 (10.00-12.15 EET) delves into the promising and up-and-coming intersection of XR technologies and contemporary urban planning. Visit Augmented Urbans webinar Facebook event for more information.

More information:

Visit Augmented Urbans website

Lue Augmented Urbansista suomeksi

Päivi Keränen, Project Manager
paivi.keranen [at] (paivi[dot]keranen[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

Jalmari Sarla, Communication Manager
jalmari.sarla [at] (jalmari[dot]sarla[at]metropolia[dot]fi)