Press release 14.10 2016: Nordic City Challenge developing Lindholmen area in Gothenburg

Pictures: Janne Wikström

Winners of the multidisciplinary Nordic City Challenge (NCC) -competition 2016 were selected on October the 12th at Jonsered manor, 15 km outside Gothenburg city centre.

Jury selected student team” The Urban Huggers” as winners of the challenge. They describe their proposition “Stepping Stones” in the following way:

“The project aims to bring the Swedish archipelago into the city center and to combine it with the industrial history of Lindholmen. The idea of stepping stones is to create continuity and diversity with green stepping stones that connect the bigger green areas in Gothenburg and with residential and cultural stepping stones which bring activity and liveliness into the area. The Island stepping stone psychologically shortens the distance between the two shores while also functioning as a shelter for the cyclists and pedestrians crossing the bridge via the island. The different programming and functions of the stepping stones combines the team’s disciplinary expertise’s and addresses the issues in Lindholmen holistically. The issue of homogeneous demography is tackled by bottom-up approach that leaves space for the citizens’ own creativity and promotes the idea of alternative living environments as well as green spaces”.

Members of the winning team were:

  • Milla Kallio, Urban Geography, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Caroline Mellberg, Creative Sustainability, architecture, Aalto University, Finland
  • Benjamin Alexander Breitenbauch, Landscape architecture, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Sturla Sigurðarson, Environmental engineering, University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Linus Olausson, Sustainable Power Generation, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Their presentation is available at

Also the other team presentations will be visible on the webpage.

The organizers invited 20 students from five Nordic countries to participate in thepressrelease1-2 multidisciplinary course in urban planning. The participants in the Nordic City Challenge were invited by leading professors in the field and the students represented for example the following academic disciplines: urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, sustainable energy engineering, global health and social sciences.

The project brought together students, teachers, professors, practitioners and leading experts from Nordic countries to work on a real-life planning case. The case this year was Lindholmen area in Gothenburg, a residential, business and campus area in Gothenburg. Lindholmen is situated by the Göta

älv, 1,5 km from the central railway station in Gothenburg. The intensive days were held October 9-12, 2016 in facilities by the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, and in Jonsered manor, a facility administered by the University of Gothenburg.

The course highlighted the social-ecological approach of urban planning. During the course, the student teams created a plan to develop Lindholmen, and the Älvstaden concept, The River city project run by the City of Gothenburg. In the proposals, the students were reflecting if it is possible to build a dense city district with a human scale environment. The program included input from The Gothenburg City Planning Office as well as representatives from both local universities.

The group work was facilitated by experienced researchers with different orientations around urban planning. The course work also included a written pre-assignment before the intensive course as well as a written report after the course on the learning experiences and case outcomes. On the final day the student teams presented their solutions to the other teams and a jury. Jury evaluated the results and gave feedback.

Nordic City Challenge academic tutors:pressrelease2-2

  • Salla Jokela, post doc-researcher, Kaupunkiakatemia, Helsingin yliopisto Salla Jokela, researcher, Urban Academy, University of Helsinki
  • Meeri Karvinen, researcher, Nordic Sustainable Campus Network, Aalto University
  • Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen, researcher, Land Use Planning and Urban Studies Group, Aalto university
  • Rawaf al Rawaf, SERSD Stockholm Resilience Centre

Nordic City Challenge jury members:

  • Emma Anderberg, Gothenburg city planning office
  • Jonas Bäckström, Gothenburg city planning office
  • Joaquim Tarrasó, architect, senior lecturer in urban design, Chalmers Univ. of Technology
  • Eva Tenow, planning architect, Gothenburg city planning office

The project is administrated by Hanaholmen cooperation centre for Sweden and Finland. Organizers included also Urban Academy, University of Helsinki, Aalto University and Nordic Sustainable Campus Network (NSCN). The course is financially covered by Nordplus Horizontal and the project continues 2017 and 2018. The Nordic City Challenge 2017 is held in the newly renovated Hanaholmen facilities in Espoo, Finland.

Warm thanks for collaborators and congratulations for the successful teams!

About Nordic Case Competition 2016:

Contact persons:

  • Jonna Similä, programme coordinator, ,, +358 40 6495454
  • Janne Wikström, project coordinator, HanaAcademy, Hanaholmen Cooperation cente for Sweden and Finland,, +358 40 6207626
  • Meeri Karvinen, researcher, coordinator of the NSCN, Aalto University,, +358 50 407 1884,
  • Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen, researcher, Land Use Planning and Urban Studies Group, Aalto university School of Engineering
  • Salla Jokela, post doc-researcher, Urban Academy,+358 50 448 9190,


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