Citylab

Tomtebo Strand is not just a new residential area with building and residential planning at the forefront, the method of working in the project is also of great importance for attaining this vision. In Umeå, we work according to four theme areas:

  1. Inviting town with people in focus
  2. Attractive sustainable green and water areas
  3. Mobility with a focus on bicycles
  4. Sustainable and smart environmental technology

Citylab Action Guide is the basis. Citylab is a forum for the spread of knowledge within sustainable urban development, organised by Sweden Green Building Council (SGBC). The main aim of Citylab is to support urban development projects that involve complex challenges, i.e. develop buildings without a negative climate and environmental impact on new and existing areas, build housing to reasonable prices, create a compact and connected town that is multi-functional in which people have good access to green areas, services, culture and recreation. There are also great challenges in establishing a constructive process in which players with varying interests and time perspectives take part. Citylab Action aims to provide the conditions for an engaging and efficient process, and to ensure sustainability is considered in various phases of the urban development project: Vision, strategy, planning, implementation, management and continued development.

Citylab has formulated 17 targets for sustainable urban development in respect to global, national, regional and local goals. In Citylab Action, each urban development project formulates its own specific project goals based on these 17 sustainability targets in respect to local resources and conditions.

The Citylab sustainability targets are formulated in respect to UN’s 17 global goals for an economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development.

Spacial and integrated urban qualities

1. Housing
Land should be used in a manner that is resource efficient, adapted to local preconditions, where existing and new housing is interlinked to achieve a physically interlocking and socially integrated town.

2. Cultural values
Existing cultural values and a living culture history should, as far as possible, be utilised and maintained as a precondition for the development and integration of a new settlement.

3. Functions
Prerequisites for wide diversity and variation in the formulation as well as functional mix (housing, services, culture and workplaces) should be created while taking into consideration the surrounding housing environment.

4. People
A good living environment, which allows social activity and involves as little ecological footprint as possible, should be prepared for residents, workers and visitors.

Availability and closeness to functions

5. Transport
The project is to create closeness and availability to various urban functions and facilities (housing, workplaces, social services, culture, etc.) and create good preconditions for the use of sustainable transport (pedestrian, bicycle and public transport as well as deliveries).

6. ICT
The project is to ensure that information and communication technology (ICT) and the information a town requires or generates is integrated and used in a suitable manner for the sustainable development of the town.

7. Spaces
The built up and natural environments should offer secure and safe public and semi-public spaces and thoroughfares for people, irrespective of background, gender, infirmity or age.

8. School environments
Schools and pre-schools are to be designed with good outdoor/indoor environments and be integrated into a sustainable development of the project area.

Adapted air, light and acoustic environments

9. Air
Good air quality is to be ensured and air quality issues included at an early stage in order to avoid problems in future.

10. Light
Good local light conditions are to be created in order to safeguard urban qualities in respect to orientability, security and aesthetics.

11. Acoustics
Good architecture and a living urban environment that also handles noise problems are to be attained in order to avoid negative health effects in the form of, for example, stress, high blood pressure, sleep and concentration disorders, disorientation or a general discomfort.

Multi-functional green areas and climate change adaptation

12. Green areas
Multi-functional green areas and ecosystem services that give good conditions for healthy air quality, acoustic environment and micro climate are to be created or maintained, which will reinforce physical, psychological and social well-being.

13. Climate change adaptation
The resilience of society in the face of changes to its surroundings is to increase and vulnerability for future extreme rainfalls and rising levels in oceans, waterways and lakes as well as increased temperatures will be minimised.

Resources in circulation

14. Material flows
A sparing use of resources coupled with a cyclic flow of biologically renewable resources and technically non-renewable resources shall be maintained.

15. Products
The choice of products and materials is to be made so as to avoid the spread of substances harmful to the environment and people’s health to the air, water and soil, and to create prerequisites that allow for good working conditions and a good working environment in the production and construction phase.

16. Water
An environmentally reliable, healthy and resource-efficient water supply will be established with a secure supply of drinking water and a sustainable disposal of wastewater and surface water.

17. Energy
The consumption of energy is to be minimised, renewable sources of energy with a limited impact on the environment and health are to be used and the emission of greenhouse gases is to be kept close to zero.