In case you still have doubts that Norway is winning the race to eradicate the use of fossil fuels, the energy-smart country just announced plans to create the world’s first sustainable city.
A not-so-subtle reminder that everyone else in the world is falling behind.
The city location (right beside, you guessed it, Oslo Aiport), is far from random, with Oslo Airport expecting its employees to double by 2050. Workers and their families may be the first to populate this new Utopian society.
The city has been designed to be completely walkable. The idea is that transportation, although available, won’t be strictly necessary. All cars and public transport will be electric, with the city centre entirely car-free.
Perhaps most exciting is that the OAC promises that its citizens will always be within a five-minute walk of public transport.
The designs include cycling routes and a large indoor swimming pool, with no outdoor activities requiring electricity. Also featured in the sketches of the city are multi-story climbing walls on the banks of a large lake, filled with paddle-boarders and boats.
It sounds almost too perfect (and like the backdrop to a dark dystopian sci-fi thriller).
The key feature of the city is that it will only use the renewable energy it produces. Excess energy will be sold and used to de-ice planes. Exactly what tech will be used has not been specified, but we have been assured that it will be ‘smart’.
Thomas Stokke, director of Haptic, told Dezeen:
“This is a unique opportunity to design a new city from scratch. Using robust city planning strategies such as walkability, appropriate densities, active frontages and a car-free city centre, combined with the latest developments in technology, we will be able to create a green, sustainable city of the future.”
Construction is set to begin in 2019 and will finish by 2022. It sounds overly ambitious, but unsurprising given Norway’s tireless efforts to improve sustainability.