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A-lab Wins Sustainable Urban Development in Oslo Suburb
Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 |

Norwegian practice A-lab won the open international ideas competition on climate efficient urban development on Furuset area in Oslo. The project goal is to condense the suburb Furuset i Groruddalen outside Oslo with 2,500 new homes and 1,500 new workspaces, and to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2030. The project provides a district that stands for sustainable urban development.

The competition entry was a collaboration with Danish consulting firm COWI AS and Norwegian practice Architectopia.

Competition-winning scheme for the climate efficient urban development of Oslo's suburb Furuset i Groruddalen by A-lab with COWI AS and Architectopia

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Competition-winning scheme for the climate efficient urban development of Oslo's suburb Furuset i Groruddalen by A-lab with COWI AS and Architectopia

The reason for the project was to create a large variation in features and applications and create new thinking in relation to new social space of an area of great untapped green areas and with a clear functional division. City ‘population between 0-20 years is 90 per cent of non-Western origin, while the number of ethnic Norwegian population is declining.

A-lab wanted to develop an adaptive and robust plan that is open and receptive to change while strengthening Furuset diversity, so that the town will grow to become a new hub and develop a new community in Groruddalen.

Urban program

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Urban program

The strategy is first and foremost an aim to define the qualities and strengthen the identity of life between buildings, strengthen and define the qualities of existing green areas and impose a structure and contrasting space in the form of a “city street”.

A physical connection is also established across the highway and up to the forest, a clear structural continuous landscape element. This approach is not only important for the development of Furuset, but also adjacent suburbs is now squeezed between the two highways.

Furuset is going to be a city with a strong identity that forms the framework for a high quality of life, exciting urban spaces, diversity, density and a healthy economy - a city forward.

Site plan and section

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Site plan and section

Intelligent Energy System

A-lab wants to establish an intelligent and flexible “plug’n play” supply system, which can use CO2 neutral energy from different central and decentralized sources (both electrical, heating and possibly cooling) that can be developed in stages.

A smart-grid concept can also be expanded to include other areas of Oslo. In this way, increased flexibility in the network, and framework for development of renewable energy production is improved.



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