The Soul of Nørrebro wins Nordic Built Cities Challenge Awards
An ambitious plan to handle rainstorm flooding while simultaneously addressing local social community development edged out 18 other urban development projects from some of the best urban innovators in the Nordic countries
More than 200 guests from both industry and political level had shown up to celebrate the winners of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge Awards 3 November at DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen.
Team SLA emerged victorious and could walk away with the first prize and NOK 500.000 for their project The Soul of Nørrebro. The multidisciplinary team, consisting of partners from Denmark, Norway and Germany, impressed the Nordic jury with their innovative solution to handle rainstorm flooding while at the same time addressing social development in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro district.
According to the jury, the project “proposes a social process involving local stakeholders with the purpose of creating ownership, co-creativity and a sense of community. […] The proposal breaks new ground and has development and export potential though a smart application of technical, cultural and social values.”
Aydin Soei (DK)
Social Action (DK)
Den nationale platform for gadeidræt (DK)
Saunders Architecture (NO)
Second prize to circular economy solutions
The second prize and NOK 400.000 went to the Co-op City project, which consists of circular economy solutions to transform the Kera district in Espoo into a new vibrant city neighbourhood where communality is a key component.
The jury concluded that “in the building of the space, a mix of market and non-market developers is used, creating different types of housing and a genuine social mix. This enables a residential area that is resilient over time.”
Päivi Raivio (FI)
Setlementtiasunnot Oy (FI)
Forum Virium Helsinki (FI)
Third prize for building on nature’s premises
The third prize and NOK 300.000 went to The Eyes of Runavík project led by White Arkitekter in Denmark and Sweden. Their solution looks at innovative ways to establish a viable and attractive alternative type of residential neighbourhood in steep terrain without large incisions in the landscape.
The project is described by the jury as “tackl[ing] climate issues in an innovative way, using geothermal energy, collecting rainwater and using recycling surplus material. […] The concept will be relevant not only in areas where there is a need to build in steep terrain, but also in areas facing challenges with urban sprawl and new social demands – as well as sites in very different climate zones”.
White architects (DK)
White architects (SE)
The Nordic Built Cities Challenge consists of six independent local competitions. Copenhagen, Espoo, Kópavogur, Oslo, Malmö and Runavík have been searching for the best solutions to their urban challenges tied to a specific place. Nordic Innovation have invited finalists from the six local competitions to compete for Nordic prizes in the Nordic Built Cities Challenge Awards.
The background for the Nordic Built Cities Challenge is the unprecedented urbanisation that characterises the 21st century. Resource scarcity, climate change and population increase pose challenges to the cities of the world. The situation creates a global market for innovative solutions for our urban environment – and the overall aim of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge is to contribute to the development and visualisation of Nordic innovative solutions for liveable, smart and sustainable cities.
Further information and resources
Below you will find more information and resources related to the Nordic Built Cities Challenge finale.
- Photos of the winners and from the Nordic Built Cities Challenge finale
- Evaluation of the three winners by the Nordic/international jury
- Overview over all 19 finalists that competed in the Nordic Built Cities Challenge Awards
- English press release
- Danish press release
- Finnish press release
- Norwegian press release
- Swedish press release
- Icelandic press release
The team behind the Soul of Nørrebro project won the first prize at Nordic Built Cities Challenge Awards