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Visions in the North step 2

Photo: Mats Engfors/Fotographic Arctic bath, Boden.
Norrbotten and Västerbotten

Visions in the North step 2

In Norrbotten and Västerbotten, some of the largest investments ever in green transition, technology and infrastructure are currently underway. This initiative imposes significant demands for more housing, attractive living environments, and long-term sustainability. The challenge is to create sustainable housing in a short period while leveraging existing resources and establishing enduring high-quality living environments.

Sustainable living environments are shaped by continuity, multiple perspectives and local knowledge. With this starting point, the work on the project ‘Visions in the North step 2‘ continues, which is an independent part of the earlier ‘Visions in the North step 1‘, conducted in 2022. The project is led by the Council for Sustainable Cities, managed by ArkDes, in collaboration with Boden, Gällivare, Kiruna, Luleå, Skellefteå and Umeå municipalities.

Through a call for proposals from February 28, 2024, to April 4, 2024, the Council for Sustainable Cities sought interdisciplinary teams of designers, architects, visual artists and other innovation actors to address specific locations in the municipalities. The starting point is to create sustainable living environments. The purpose of the call is to explore and bring fresh perspectives into the urban development process, aiming to discover new methods for formulating long-term management and development strategies.

The application is closed. The winning teams will be announced mid-May.

The Council for Sustainable Cities – the Swedish government's initiative for sustainable urban development

The Council for Sustainable Cities is a collaborative effort among Sweden’s government agencies with the mandate to enhance municipalitiesconditions for developing vibrant and sustainable cities and communities. The Council includes: Boverket, Folkhälsomyndigheten, Formas, Myndigheten för delaktighet, Naturvårdsverket, ArkDes, Energimyndigheten, Tillväxtverket, Trafikverket, Vinnova, Riksantikvarieämbetet, Statens konstråd, as well as the county administrative boards and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKR).

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Photo: ArkDes. 2024. Site visit in Boden.


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