City in Between: Eastern Aalborg, Strategy for an International & Sustainable Suburb

Sponsor: City of Aalborg, Architect’s Association of Denmark

Type of competition: International, Request for Permission

Language: English, Danish

Location: Aalborg, Denmark

Eligibility: Strategic urban planners, architects ore landscape architects for example together with economists, ethnogeographers,
sociologists, anthropologists or futurologists. The competition organizer encourages foreign companies to participate. They are demanded to collaborate with a Danish company to ensure full understanding of the local laws and language.

Registration Fee: None

The evaluation committee will consist of politicians and officials of the Municipality of Aalborg; representatives from Realdania; two discipline judges nominated by the Architects’ Association of Denmark; as well as a representative of the advisory committee for ‘Suburbs of the future’, selected by Realdania.
Tom Nielsen – Associate Professor ph d Architect, Aarhus School of Architecture
Mats Olsson –  Architect, Urban Development Strategies, SE
Provided that an entry in conformity with the above conditions is handed in in time, each team will receive a fee of DKK 200,000 exclusive of VAT. The competition organizer reserves the right to select up to two winners, who will be invited to tender and negotiate. Provided that a entry in conformity with the above conditions is handed in in time in phase two, each team in phase two will receive a fee of DKK 350,000 exclusive of VAT.
20 December 2011 – Deadline for Applications
16 January 2011 – Selected candidates notified

Design challenge:

The international competition, “City in between – Eastern Aalborg, strategy for an international & sustainable suburb”, demonstrates the Municipality of Aalborg’s big ambitions to contribute to the international debate on large scale strategic development of the sustainable suburb. The overall focus is to obtain qualified proposals describing how to promote cohesion within and among the areas of the suburb – physical, social, societal and organizational. The challenge is also to create synergi among the future investments.

In the next 20 years, investments for more than DKK 10 billion have been planned in the competition area. Large investments includes extension of Aalborg University and the sports and leisure center Gigantium, a new University Hospital, redevelopment of the Kildeparken residential area, as well as 400 new youth apartments near Aalborg University.

Parallel to these investments, it has been decided to establish a high-class public transport link connecting the competition area, Eastern Aalborg, with the city centre, and to launch initiatives to promote bicycle traffic. Some of the competition themes are:

– New type of housing in the suburb; orms of ownership and target groups.
– Mobility; sustainable transport and accessibility in the broad sense.
– Multifunctional meeting places; daily life, identity and catalysts.
– Local resources; physical spaces and new partnerships.

Participants are to integrate the themes with the following selected potentials of the area:

– Landscape; ecological, recreational and social contexts.
– International aspects; knowledge workers, cooperative relations and multiethnic residents.
– Strengthened development of the knowledge clusters in the area; professional knowledge clusters, entrepreneurship etc.

The competition will ask for:

– A strategy for the physical development of the competition area, which involves the competition themes and potentials, focusing on both short and the long term. What will it take to “kickstart” the development?
– Organizational/economic models that contribute to realizing the strategy for the physical development in the different steps of the development, including kick starters for the long-term process.
– Selection of development areas that may contribute to increase the cohesion and sustainability of the suburb by integrating the themes with the closely selected potentials of the area. The contents and nature of the areas are to be described by drawings, charts and text.


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