Summer Schools


The iWater Summer Schools is an academic Project coordinated by Aalto University in close collaboration with the Cities of Riga, Jelgava, Gävle, Söderhamn, Tartu, Turku and Helsinki, the Union of the Baltic Cities (Sustainable Cities Commission) and a wide range of Latvian, Swedish, Estonian and Finnish Universities interested in the dissemination and exchange of knowledge on integrated Storm Water Management.

The Summer Schools took place during the summer 2016. The goal of the iWater Summer Schools was to provide and explore in a practical way and in some specific Case Studies (Pilot Sites) the different tools and methods to integrate innovative Storm Water Management in the urban planning process and in the design of urban spaces.

Students worked with concrete pilot sites

iWater Summer Schools worked on 7 Pilot Sites located in urban or periurban areas with severe Storm Water Management Challenges. The methodology of the Schools were based in practical learning and in “hands on” projects. Students worked in multidisciplinary teams and focused on one Pilot Site. The teams were supported by local and academic experts who, in addition,  introduced the basic and specific tools to incorporate consistent and innovative Storm Water Management in the planning and design processes.

12-20 students attended each Summer School. They worked in multidisciplinary teams of 3–4 people and, eventually, the teams might include one officer from a local or regional administration. Each Summer School was organized as an “Intensive Studio” and included the development of Strategies, the definition of conceptual solutions, the elaboration of drawings, middle reviews, lectures and open discussions.

After completing the course students will know and are be able to apply the following concepts and issues:

- Integrated Storm Water Management (SWM): Principles and Techniques

- Urban Planning & Storm Water Management

- Storm Water Management and Urban Design

- Sustainable Ecological Planning principles at the regional and local scale: Green Infrastructures, Ecosystem Services, Green Area Factor, Sustainable Urban Metabolism and their relationship with Storm Water Management Planning.

iWater Summer Schools 2016:

LATVIA (Pilot Sites in Riga, Jelgava and Turku): 14th -18th June (Latvia University of Agriculture, Jelgava)

SWEDEN (Pilot Sites in Gävle and Söderhamn): 27th June-1st July 2016 (City of Gävle, Gävle)

ESTONIA (Pilot Sites in Tartu, Helsinki and Turku): 11th – 15th July 2016 (Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu)


Read the iWater Summer School final report from here:



Aalto University  (iWater Summer Schools coordination):  Juanjo Galan (

Union of the Baltic Cities (online application): Janne Rinne (

iWater Summer School in Gävle

iWater Summer School participants from Gävle, Sweden