Successful workshop about Sweden´s first Cradle to Cradle® inspired urban area

A unique workshop was recently held in the Swedish town of Ronneby over three days from the 17th to 20th March.

Three architectural teams had been invited to formulate visions for a new centrally located urban area – locally known as the Kilen project - and to do this with a starting point in the design concepts laid down in the Cradle to Cradle® concept.

A major focus was to develop visions for the Kilen area to support new business ideas. The three teams did not compete but worked together to pool their ideas to support the municipality in its goal to redevelop the area.

The three teams that took part were:
• GXN, William McDonough + Partners, SLA from Denmark
• Liag, Bureau B + B, Except from Holland
• ALoCo Arkitektbyrå, Torsten Sack-Nielsen/Aarhus Arkitektskole, Heidi Merrild, Tyréns Malmö from Sweden and Denmark

The teams worked on producing a method on how to integrate Cradle to Cradle® into the planning process of a new urban area. The teams did not compete to produce the best ideas but instead worked together to bring in unique perspectives from their different countries and with regard to the different skills in each team.
This was a unique process for both the teams and the municipality and the general agreement was that this led to a better understanding of the problems that the Kilen area faces and gave each team a solid base on which to produce scenarios for future development.

The leader of the workshop was Steven Beckers from EPEA* and he says “ the C2C attitude is an attitude that encourages co-operation instead of competition. Competition often produces good results but limits the client who cannot use all the good ideas that usually turn up. That is why we have tested three teams with a varied array of skills and got them to co-operate in the process”.

Another major focus point in the process was to make the teams look at roadmaps for the development i.e. not only look at what the area might look like when it is ”finished” in 10-20 years time but even look at what can be done in the immediate future ie.. what are the low-hanging fruits that can give the municipality value straight away. The teams also worked hard to interact with and integrate local and regional businesses in the process.

What happens next? The teams will now further develop their ideas for the area.
These will be put on exhibition in the Cefur showroom in May-June later this year.
Don´t miss the opportunity to see their work!

Facts about Cradle to Cradle®

According to Cradle to Cradle® all materials can be food for the next chain in either the biological or technological circle if they are designed properly in the beginning. In that way the concept of waste as we now know it is eliminated. The concept also encourages the use of renewable energy and the diversity of nature. Cradle to Cradle® can be said to part of a new circular economy where materials, just as happens in nature, are never destroyed but become part of the next cycle of life. In that way we can see growth, production processes and consumption as forces of good. 

For more information about the project or about contact with the three teams, please contact the Planning and Health Department:

Helena Sandberg, Urban Planner, Tel. +46457- 61 82 27

David Gillanders, Director of Planning and Architecture, Tel. +46457- 61 82 25

*EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH – “The Cradle of Cradle to Cradle”
Cradle to Cradle® is a registered trademark of MBDC

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