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SANDNES: NORWAY’S MOST SUSTAINABLE GRÜNDERCITY

Sandnes is a city on the South West coast of Norway. The city has a strong tradition of innovation and business. In the 80’s when the oil caused a fast development, Sandnes was a city with great potential due to its localization. But as the situation is today Sandnes faces a change of scene. The climate is changing; new business models in the retail industry; we are running low on resources and the welfare expenses are growing. To meet these challenges, it is essential that a city like Sandnes is making sure to develop in the right direction.

We believe it’s key for cities to develop with thought for climate, socio-economics and citizens to ensure a sustainable future, where we do not ask more from the planet, than we need. And to present a competent solution, we have partnered up with Everyday Studio, Julie Holck and Niras to present our solution. We call this project Norway’s most sustainable gründercity; gründer is Norwegian for innovative.

Sandnes is located on the South Western coast of Norway close to a big fjord, which means the city holds a lot of potential for sustainable and socio-economic development. But also, Sandnes has an infrastructure, which releases active citizenships. In our developing process it has therefore been key to meet the future obstacles in Sandnes with resilient solutions.

To do so, we have connected knowledge of the complexity of the city and its ecosystems with the value of co-creation and place capital. Using this method, it becomes possible to make the city as resistant as possible, when it comes to economical, climate and social aspects – and thereby it will be possible to strengthen Sandnes now and in the long run.

With this project we have demonstrated how it is possible for a city to overcome great changes using responsible development methods.

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