For several decades, the Municipality of Drammen in Norway has taken a targeted approach to improving its urban environment. As a part of this initiative, an idea competition for the development of the Strømsø district was launched. The aim was to get creative input for how the area may be turned into a future-oriented and human friendly city environment with reduced demands for transport and minimal emissions of climate gasses.
Ramboll engineers and DRMA Architects submitted the proposal ‘Norway in the future’ which was awarded second place in the competition. The jury praised the enthusiasm and diversity of the project, and recommended that elements from the proposal be applied in the further development of the area.
A vision for the sustainable city of the future
“With our suggestion for a future city district, we have focused on all aspects of sustainability. We have focused on urban development which does not lead to gentrification, with the goal to enable the present inhabitants and immigrants to stay in the area. This ensures that the city district remains an interesting, diverse place with a variety of opportunities.” says Rune Tøndell, Project Manager, Ramboll.
The proposal is a vision for the sustainable city of the future, based on both technical solutions and the social aspects of a modern way of life. The main idea is to turn Strømsø into a dense and vibrant city. The aim is to organise facilities such as shopping, work places, schools and care facilities in a central part of the city, thus reducing the need for car transportation.
Doubling building density while CO2 emissions are reduced by 50%
The goal is to double the building density and work places while the CO2 emissions should be reduced by 50% in 2020. To achieve this, existing buildings are to be upgraded to low-energy standards, roads are gradually to be turned into pedestrian areas and bicycle tracks, access to public transport is to be improved, heating will be provided from a central heating plant, and mixed-use buildings for shops, offices and leisure are to be built.
The social life aspects were also highly valued in the proposal; a bazaar and shared shops where citizens can meet and trade their own goods were suggested. The proposal even touches upon care of elderly and a holistic training of young children in 'upbringing centres' rather than schools to ensure integration and sustainable development.