A good city
If global cities are to provide an attractive setting for high quality urban living, we must consider their development from a holistic perspective, according to Lars Ostenfeld Riemann. The main criterion for a good city is its appeal to its inhabitants.
When people and companies choose which city to locate in, they look at the overall attractiveness, not just the individual building and the view it does or does not offer, says Lars Ostenfeld Riemann:
“Even today, we see that focus is on designing individual buildings and only later is it considered how to adapt them to their urban surroundings. This has often led to “oops” solutions. We spend a lot of time inside buildings, but living more of our lives outside these buildings is something we need to encourage – for instance, meeting each other in squares and parks. We have to create an attractive space for it,” says Lars Ostenfeld Riemann.
Re-thinking the city
To play a role in supporting the City of Copenhagen in its endeavour to create high standard, sustainable urban life in Copenhagen, Ramboll has formed a vision entitled ‘Copenhagen CO2-neutral 2025’ to help the City of Copenhagen reach its ambitious climate goals.
The vision re-thinks how the city can influence energy consumption and supply in all its sectors, from heat and electricity production based on renewable energy sources to citizens' energy-efficient use of appliances and forms of transport, etc.
This approach has attracted international attention. Politicians, journalists and urban planners from New York to Beijing have spotted the inspirational potential. In response, the City of Copenhagen has teamed up with Ramboll to update “Copenhagen Solutions for Sustainable Cities”, a catalogue containing 12concrete examples of sustainable solutions in Copenhagen Nordic experience in the US
The Nordic experience with sustainability is increasingly exported to projects abroad. The Chicago Lakeside master plan is an example of this. The plan earned both a Sustainia Award in the Best City Solution category and the Sustainia Community Award: the people’s choice award for best solution.
Experience from Copenhagen
For this project, Ramboll developed concepts for district heating and cooling, waste and water based on experience from Copenhagen and current economic drivers. When realised, the master plan will provide a new way of living based on 21st-century infrastructure and technology.
Anders Dyrelund, Senior Market Manager at Ramboll explains: “Chicago is taking urban development in the US in a brand new direction. The project is based on the assumption that young people picture themselves living in a city focused on sustainability. In the future, residents will be able to use sustainable cooling, heating and electricity and invest in energy from local wind turbines."