Urban Infra Revolution (UIR)

Circular economy materials and novel method development to produce recyclable and functional urban construction products –project is financed partly by European Regional development fund, Urban Innovation Action (UIA) –iniative. EU contribution is 80 %, 3,4 million euros, and partners’ contribution is 20 %. Total budget of the 3-year-project is 4,2 million euros, which is in Finland remarkable circular economy project.

Urban Infra Revolution (UIR) –project started in the beginning of November 2017, and it is accomplished until 31.10.2020. The City of Lappeenranta is leading the project. Wirma Lappeenranta business services has assembled consortium, having strong know-how related to idea orginated by business. The consortium includes city of Lappeenranta, Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Imatra Regional Development Company, Outotec, Apila Group, FIMAtec, Nordkalk, Metsä Group, UPM, Stora Enso, Totaldesign and Design Reform.

LUT is researching both material and manufacturing technology development and business models. In addition LUT is doing sustainable analyses. Apila Group and Outotec are working with material development together with LUT and FIMAtec, while forest industry companies are providing side stream materials as well as Nordkalk, providing tailings, to be used as raw material for new material. FIMAtec is implementing 3D printing of the pilot structures. Saimaa University of Applied Sciences is developing information models of built environment. There is multi-dimensional data in the information models. Utilizing modeling project results are made visible and design and city planning know-how of design companies, partnering the project, is provided for the use of planners and citizens.

Links: https://www.uia-initiative.eu/en/uia-cities/lappeenranta

Further information:
Eeva Pihlajaniemi: eeva.pihlajaniemi@lappeenranta.fi, +358 44 052 3056
Terhi Jantunen: terhi.jantunen@lappeenranta.fi, +358 40 530 5958

This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban innovative Actions Initiative.