Älvstaden, Gothenburg, Sweden
Älvstaden is an urban redevelopment vision for the city of Gothensburg. The plan will unite seven city districts and create a sustainable lifestyle, connect the city communities, create a vibrant city center, and promote an easy way to live sustainably.
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250 acres, 500,000 residents 25,000 apartments
2009 - 2021
Project Manager, Bo Aronsson
Performance levels achieved:
|Limits to Growth|
|Health + Happiness|
|Embodied Energy & Carbon|
|Neighborhood & Access|
|Access to Nature|
|Access to Community Services|
Goals & Strategies:
Goals: Diversity in food sources.
Strategies: Compost from city composted for local agriculture.
Goals: Not defined.
Strategies: Create a network of parks and green spaces repair river ecology, green roofs, rainwater collection, storm water ponds, retention ponds.
Goals: Minimize traffic, promote walkable development.
Strategies: Provide diverse transportation options, bicycle infrastructure, park and ride, public transit connection including bus, railways and ships, boulevards instead of freeways, railways are tunneled.
Goals: Integrate water management into the urban space.
Strategies: Rainwater capture, rainwater storage, stormwater management through green roofs and constructed wetlands.
Goals: Test and promote innovative strategies and renewable energy technologies, reduce GHG emissions by 40% by 2020.
Strategies: Smart grid technology, integrated solar PV, wind turbines, district heating, district heating can also be used for ice-free bike paths.
Health + Happiness
Goals: Link together formerly isolated communities with a variety of public spaces for all ages, ensure everyone has access to riverbanks.
Strategies: Community involvement in planning, parks, public meeting spaces, public art, walkable community, pedestrian bridges, waterfront promenades, marinas, easy access to services.
Goals: Not defined.
Strategies: Life cycle assessment of the development, the development is using a competition for architects to innovate while using sustainable materials.
Goals: Reduce waste.
Strategies: Composting services, recycling.
Illustration by Kanozi Arkitekter, CC
Photo by Kanozi Arkitekter, CC
Illustration by Kanozi, CC
*Note: This case study was developed using found information.