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Norrbotten and Västerbotten

Visions in the North step 2

The Council for Sustainable Cities together with Boden, Gällivare, Kiruna, Luleå, Skellefteå, and Umeå municipalities invite six interdisciplinary teams to collaborate in creating sustainable, beautiful and inclusive living environments, in short and long term. This Open Call marks the second step of the project ‘Visions in the North‘. The application is closed.

Sustainable living environments are shaped by continuity, multiple perspectives and local knowledge. 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. How can we create sustainable places and housing in a short period while utilizing existing resources and establishing enduring high-quality living environments?

‘Visions in the North step 2‘ is an independent part of the earlier ‘Visions: in the North‘, conducted in 2022. The call aims to explore and bring fresh perspectives into the urban development process, seeking new methods to formulate long-term management and development strategies. The call targets interdisciplinary teams of designers, architects, visual artists and other innovation actors to address specific locations in the municipalities.

The application is closed.

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Open Call: Visions in the North step 2

Click here to read the call for proposal. The document is written in Swedish.


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Vinnova's guidelines for funding. The document is written in Swedish.

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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Here you can find frequently asked questions related to the call. We will continuously update with more questions and answers throughout the application period.  

If I participated in step one, can I participate in step 2 as well?
Yes, teams or team members who participated in Visions: in the North can apply for Visions in the North step 2. 

What is the difference between step 1 and 2?
In the first call, the task was to create sketches. In this call, the focus is on developing an implementation plan and testing the ideas on-site. 

What happened to the projects in step 1? Where can I read more about the ongoing work?
You can read more about the results from Visions: in the North here. 

Can individuals and companies participate in multiple applying teams?

Can universities apply?
Yes, universities are warmly welcome to apply.  

Can I apply even if I am not operating in Sweden?
The beneficiary in the team must have a Swedish organizational number with either a branch or operating unit in Sweden. 

Am I guaranteed to work with the municipality I list as my first preference?
No. The choices and justifications serve as a basis for matching teams and municipalities. We do not guarantee that selected teams will get the geographies they have requested. The Council for Sustainable Cities reserves the right to allocate positions to suitable teams. 

Should the high-resolution image of our team be attached separately?
Yes. The image of the team should be attached as separate JPEG files. These images are not included in the total file size limit of the application, which is 10 pages and 10MB.


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