Cities are facing major changes. They must be built with less climate impact and at the same time adapted to the climate changes that are already taking place. At the same time digitalization, demographic changes, and new mobility services are creating new needs. One way to meet these challenges is to make flexible buildings a natural part of new city plans. That is the conclusion in the new white paper The Flexible City - A vision of a sustainable and future-ready model for urban planning, written in collaboration between Adapteo and BSK Arkitekter.
The pandemic has accelerated several trends that affect how cities are planned. Increased e-commerce reduces the need for retail space and increased remote work creates new needs for workplaces and housing. However, the report states, the planning tools and slow processes used for urban planning today create urban environments and properties that are already built for old needs once they are ready.
In big cities, it often takes at least ten years from the time a need is identified until the building is completed. The buildings are often completely tailored to their intended task and therefore become both costly and time-consuming to adapt to changed needs later. Not to mention the waste of resources and the sustainability challenge that follows when relatively new concrete buildings are being demolished and replaced by new ones as the needs change.
“There is a great need for more flexible cities, where buildings can change function in step with changing conditions and needs, while it opens up for more recycling, more environmentally friendly materials and a greatly reduced climate impact. With our report, we want to show the opportunities that flexible wooden buildings create both to meet rapidly changing needs and requirements for lower climate impact and recycling,” says Hanna Wennberg, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communication and Sustainability at Adapteo Group.
The report states that municipalities assign space corresponding to a share of 10 to 20 percent for flexibility in new urban development, which will enable a society that can be adjusted to new needs and rapid changes. If more space is created for flexible buildings that can be adapted, moved and reused, this will also drive innovation of flexible, high-quality and sustainable products in urban construction.
About the report
The flexible city - A vision of a sustainable and future-ready model for urban planning is written in collaboration between Adapteo, which offers adaptable and circular buildings for public and private organizations, and BSK Arkitekter, an award-winning architectural firm in Stockholm with a strong focus on urban planning.
You can download the report here in Swedish.
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Erika Regnér, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 73 841 81 02