Urban Transition Øresund

The project contributes to fulfilling: Promote sustainable economic growth

Sub programme: Öresund

Lead Partner: Lunds Universitet

Partners: Malmö Högskola, Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet Alnarp, Aalborg Universitet CPH, Københavns Kommune, Malmø Stad, Lunds Kommun, Ballerup Kommune, Roskilde Kommune, Roskilde Universitetscenter, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen Clean Tech Cluster, Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole (København)

Project Period: 01 sep 2011 - 31 aug 2014

Total Budget: 2 662 846 EUR

EU Grant: 1 331 422 EUR

Project Coordinator: Casper Harboe

E-mail: casper.harboe@oresund.org

Phone: +45 33343455

The Øresund Region is to be northern Europe's border regional powerhouse for sustainability, innovation and green growth and to become CO2 neutral within 15-20 years. A number of municipalities and regions have, separately and from different perspectives, been engaged in developing and implementing strategies and plans to this end. Therefore, the goal is to promote sustainable growth in the Øresund Region by gathering regions, municipalities, universities and businesses across Øresund in cross-border cooperation.

Urban Transition Øresund will promote sustainable urban development of residential and office buildings in the Øresund Region. This will be accomplished by giving municipalities, regions and companies in the Øresund Region planning methods and innovation skills geared towards adaptation and elevation of the sustainable urban development in the region.

A new, practical customized working method has been developed based on visualising development of physical and material models. The method will be used in case studies from across the Oresund Region. Examples of case studies are: Västra Hamnen, Malmø; Nordhavnen, Copenhagen; Brunnshög, Lund; and, Ballerup Town Center and Røde Port, Roskilde. Specific case themes may be: What has been done to promote green and dense urban development? How does one get projects facilitating lower consumption of energy funded? How can we renovate most sustainably?

The working method will be analysis of case studies – pilot projects, from which essential lessons are drawn and subsequently tested on other projects in order to extract unique, general lessons. The workflow will use cooperation and implementation models, which both provide the framework for the process and are simultaneously developed in the process. The total unique learning achieved in the process will form the basis for new, joint models and tools for the Øresund Region.

By making repeated inquiries, optimizations and comparisons based on different themes on existing and planned buildings in the region – supplemented with knowledge from the region's universities and the innovation power of the region's clean tech sector, developer and construction industries – the project will result in developed tools, models and concrete pilot projects for Planned Processes, Guidelines for Construction and Financing Models.

Of particular focus is the project development process is ensuring that the project retains a continuing life in the form of a communications module and the Urban Transition Forum after the project period ends. This will ensure continued development of the Øresund Region as a full-scale laboratory for sustainable urban development.

Results will be disseminated through workshops, seminars, conferences, meetings, reports and websites and maintained through the development of a course at Aalborg Universitet CPH. Results will also be anchored in the relevant administrations in participating municipalities and the private sector

Project Coordinator

Casper Harboe


+45 33343455