The Augustenborg Eco-Neighbourhood initiative (Ekostaden Augustenborg) has 1800 homes. The renovation project featured a number of environmental technologies in terms of energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as green roofs; sustainable urban transport was also a consideration.
Ekostaden Augustenborg is the collective name for a programme to make Augustenborg into a more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable neighbourhood. Ekostaden Augustenborg, one of Sweden´s largest urban sustainability projects, was supported by the government´s Local Investment Programme and also financed by key local partners within Malmö City and the MKB housing company. Ekostaden is working within the residential area of Augustenborg in Malmö, Sweden, as well as with the school, industrial area and other local businesses. One of the key aims of the project is to enable residents to take a leading role in the ideas, design and implementation of the project. The project was launched in 1998 and the results so far indicate that Augustenborg has become an attractive, multicultural neighbourhood in which the turnover of tenancies has decreased by almost 20% and the environmental impact has decreased to a similar degree - despite the additional develoment.
Community engagement has been a priority in the regeneration of Augustenborg: residents have been encouraged to take a leading role in the ideas, design and implementation of the project. One example is that of a resident who became involved in addressing previous major flooding problems (now resolved through an open stormwater system which now retains 70% of all rainwater) and who has since established his own business in this area of work. The sustainable techniques are not restricted to the housing development: a new modular building was erected within the school grounds to provide additional classrooms. The factory-made timber building is demountable and can be moved to another school in the future if numbers here decrease. Although this prototype was designed specifically for Augustenborg, the potential for serial production is being considered.
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