Completion Date: January 2014


URBAN IQ – Future Scenarios Trondheim 2050, Trondheim, Norway

Project /Urban IQ – Future Scenarios Trondheim 2050
Client /Trondheim municipality
Period /2014
Area /Municipality: 342,3 km2. Focus area: Trondheim city 50 km2

Trondheim is facing an entirely new epoch, and the city’s character will be radically changed, as increased migration and new requirements must be addressed in relation to housing, job creation and new demands concerning urban utilisation. JFA has on behalf of Trondheim municipality produced a series of future scenarios for the city’s forthcoming development, which provide input to the city’s development principles, whilst simultaneously creating a sense of enthusiasm, by making the discussion more concrete, allowing it to reach out to the broader public. The project currently forms a part of the foundation for a political discussion concerning the city’s development and will be exhibited in 2015.

Knowledge as a catalyst for Trondheim’s future – Urban IQ

1. Takes a common vision as the basis for an overall urban strategy
2. Is proactive in relation to decisions and guidelines
3. Is holistic and guarantees social cohesion through social programming
4. Is based on extensive dialogue with all actors.

Visions should be considered for both long and short terms. In the short term, because exposure to the initiative creates motivation, in the long term, as joint ownership of the vision is paramount for commitment. The overall vision for Trondheim is of the knowledge city forming the soundboard for all future initiatives. The vision should be specific and precise for Trondheim as a city. The visions parameters should support and enhance the specific identity Trondheim has, as a large small city.

The knowledge axis will form the bearing concept for the city from the business district “Sluppen” in the south to the harbour areas “Brattøra” in the north, and as a consequence the inner city will be expanded towards these areas. Densification, space and socially programmed initiatives should support and secure proactivity, holistic orientation and robustness. The strategic guiding concept forms four zones with four clear identities along the knowledge axis: recreational urban nature by the harbour, a historic inner city, an integrated urban campus and a new knowledge park.

JFA have more than 20 years of experience in developing and transforming urban-, business-, and campus areas. The approach is holistic and takes into measure both commercial, structural, social and urban needs.

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