Liveability is an important factor of a city’s global competitiveness, especially for attracting International professionals and talents. The Central Baltic cities Helsinki and Stockholm are consistently highly ranked according to various liveability indicators. The revitalisation of urban environment is therefore an important factor of economic competitiveness for the region. However, the problems that municipal authorities face today are increasingly complex and multi-faceted. They require solutions to which the existing administrative structures are not well-suited – ones that cross departmental boundaries, and those between administration and citizens. Thus, it is important to develop and use urban planning and implementation processes which are balancing the needs, interests and capabilities of all stakeholders involved, using the integrative problem-solving approach of ‘design thinking’. Campuses territories were chosen as focus of this project as they provide a natural context for stakeholders – students, teachers, researchers, business people, neighbourhood residents, and others – to meet and develop solutions together. As universities transform from being educators towards innovators, business idea facilitators and regional developers, their physical and social location as hub of urban development is crucial for many Central Baltic cities. Major national universities in Riga and Tartu are currently developing consolidated campuses outside the City centre. In Helsinki the campuses of Metropolia University are being centralized in two locations. Uppsala and Tartu are relatively small cities where universities play a central role. City of Stockholm views the campuses of its three main universities in a strategic role for the city’s development. City of Turku has made a strategic decision to market itself as a student city, and strives to increase the visibility of campuses in the City.