Electric planes and driverless cars, that’s what the future is expected to look like in the Norwegian capital of Oslo where plans for world’s first energy-positive airport city have just been unveiled.
The Airport City will embrace green technologies and act as “test-bed” for a technology-driven city with auto-lighting and smart technology for services such as mobility, waste and security.
A car free city centre is planned and its citizens will never be more than five minutes away from public transport.
Catering to Norway’s passion for sports and outdoor activities its will be a destination for leisure activities centred around a public park in addition to the traditional cargo and business hub.
There will br ample green spaces for the airport’s growing workforce, which is expected to increase from 22,000 to 40,000 people by 2050.
The government-owned Oslo Airport already is the most digitalised airport in Europe and is expected to be the first airport to operate its first electric fleet from 2025.
There are plans for the city to have the capacity to sell surplus energy to surrounding buildings, communities and cities. It will also be able to provide on-site provisions like the de-icing of airplanes.
Director at Haptic Architects Tomas Stokke said it was 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.”
Director, Haptic Architects Tomas Stokke
It is expected to take 30 years to build and embodies the Norwegian government’s green shift from an oil-based economy to one powered by renewable energy.
It has received outline planning consent for development and construction of the first stage is expected to start next year with the first buildings completing in 2022.
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