The City of Tampere announced, on January 10th, 2017, the winner of a design contest the city undertook for the development of an innovation hub in the Hiedanranta district, a formerly thriving industrial district once home to pulp mills and other industry. The winning proposals, each covering part of the whole area designated for renewal, from Mandaworks and Schauman & Nordgren Architects and BUENAVENTURA architects, will contribute to the ongoing planning of the area which aims to develop the area into a truly sustainable, smart city, developed by carbon-neutral means, which integrates pedestrian-oriented design and ample public transportation with a focus on circular economy solutions and improved economic attractiveness which helps to drive new business and innovation.

The area will be composed of two halves, one a residentially-focused section and the other envisioned as an “innovation bay”, including major civic buildings, manufacturing facilities, and an innovation campus. The area’s planned design, with its focus on new, emerging business and sustainability, echoes the successful model utilized in the development of another ailing industrial sector, that of Malmö’s Western Harbor area, which, over the course of a decade in the early 2000s, was revitalized and transformed into a thriving, world-leading exemplar of sustainable development.  

See the winning plans for the innovation hub, Innovation Bay, and the residential area, Reflecting Tre.

Read about the development of Malmö’s Western Harbor

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Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.