A new waterfront planned for Oslo
April 18, 2007
The waterfront area in Oslo (Norway) is going to be linked to the rest of the city through sustainable transport and urban design.
The waterfront, made up of fjords, is separated from the urban centre of the city by the city’s seafaring history – railway lines, highways, and freight and passenger terminals.
The Fjord City Resolution project is determining new uses for the valuable land, and undertaking specific activities. These activities include a transportation study, public meetings to engage local stakeholders in both planning and development, and the promotion of accessibility, culture and other installations on the waterfront.
Oslo is one of nine cities located around the North Sea who are participating in the Waterfront Communities Project that are learning from each other about their waterfronts, and striving to reconnect with the sea.
Each city is experimenting with new ways of tackling a particular challenge of waterfront development such as integrating new and existing communities or transport links. These activities are organized around nine project themes allowing cities to consider a wider range of issues than would have been possible working alone.
Local governments, residents and businesses can all profit from the development of dense, mixed-use neighbourhoods. These measures save green spaces and money by cutting fuel, utility, infrastructure, and service delivery costs. For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.
Oslo is one of 166 local governments in Europe that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its programs in Europe, please visit www.iclei.org/europe.
Source: “Oslo Case Study”, Waterfront Communities Project, at www.waterfrontcommunitiesproject.org.
- - -