Eco-city Augustenborg
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Eco-city Augustenborg

The Eco-city Augustenborg is a successful project in transforming a run-down neighbourhood into an environmentally sustainable and attractive place to live. Aspects of the Eco-city Augustenborg that may be highlighted in particular include the energy-efficient renovation work carried out on 1,600 rental apartments (89% of the housing stock in the area); the development of an integrated open storm water management system to solve local flooding problems and the use of green roofs. Also important was the active engagement of residents throughout the planning processes, especially in respect of waste management, car-pooling, recycling and composting.

Background and history

When built in the 1950s for the Malmö municipal housing company MKB, the Augustenborg residential area was a popular and modern neighborhood. By the 1970s, the flats had started to feel old-fashioned and people began moving from the area. In the 1990 – 2000, Augustenborg faced social and economic problems as well as physical degradation of buildings and outdoor areas, and meanwhile suffering from flooding in the basements on a yearly basis.

The Eco-city Augustenborg was launched in 1998 and was a project that involved various actors and departments within the City of Malmö including the Fosie City District Department and the Environment Department, as well as related stakeholders, including the municipal housing company MKB, community organisations and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The refurbishment was financed by the city together with MKB, the Swedish Governments ‘Local Investment Program’ and the EU Life fond.

Today the Eco-City Augustenborg still serves as laboratory and testbed for sustainable urban development, with new projects such as sustainable laundries and the innovative “Greenhouse” where residents are provided areas for cultivation as a part of their apartment.

  • Scandinavian Green Roof Institute offer guided tours and in-depth technical visits in the Eco-city Augustenborg.
  • Augustenborg won the UN WorldHabitat Award in 2010.

1. Clean horsepower

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To draw attention to the work of sanitation, Augustenborg has horse and wagon to help with the cleaning work.

2. Waste disposal

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In the Eco-city, all residents access to the complete sorting of its waste – including packaging, food waste, hazardous waste, electronic waste and cooking oil, in 13 environmental buildings in the area. In collaboration with VA SYD and SYSAV new exciting solutions are developed and tested. Among other things, equipment for convenient sorting of waste in the small kitchen has been developed and distributed to all residents of the eco-city.

3. Augusten Theater

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Augustenborg’s own theater is run by local enthusiasts and is now in its 18th year. The theater plays to full houses each season.

4. Greenhouse

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5. Individual metering of hot water

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You only pay for the water you use up!

6. Plant wall

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Plant wall with perennial plants that lasts from one season to the next. Landscaped in collaboration with SLU Alnarp and Bara Mineraler.

7. Chargers for electric cars

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A collaboration with E.ON and e-mobility.

8. World Habitat Award

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In 2011 we were awarded the World Habitat Award. Morten Ovesen, entrepreneur and resident in the area have created an enlarged replica of the price.

9. Green roof at the Augustenborgs Square

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The roof has been designed with particular focus on biodiversity. Only natural and recycled materials are used. The roof has been created in collaboration with Scandinavian Greenroof Institute.

10. Peri-urban farming

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Urban agriculture – Augustenborg habitants grow in individual pallet collars and adopted flower beds as well as in the common crops in courtyards and at Augustenborg’s Square.

11. Augustenborgs Botanical Roof Garden

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In this research and development center for urban greenery, over 9000 m2 of green roofs of various types resides. The roof garden operated by Scandinavian Green Roof Institute receives visits and shows the roof garden as well as the entire Eco-city.

12. Augustenborg School, Kretsloppshuset

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Augustenborg School’s ecological natural cycle is a flexible and demountable building in sustainable materials. In the house are also several environmental technology innovations.

13. Laundry room of the future

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Laundry 2.0 – A new concept for laundries that will promote sustainable washing behavior while creating new meeting places.

14. Gnistan and the rabbit hotel

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Safija Imsirovic is the local enthusiast who runs Augustenborg own leisure activities for children in the area.

15. Green roofs

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All the eco houses and the residential Sommaren are covered with green roofs. Now we go ahead with the admission ceilings in the area.

16. Municipal engineering, a sustainable industrial site

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One of Municipality Technique keyword is sustainability. On the industrial site you will find green roofs, beehives, solar cells, solar panels and green walls.

17. Open stormwater systems

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Our storm water system is unique and seem partly to reduce the load on the municipal network.

18. Senior housing & Sommaren Café

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With over 100 senior housing Augustenborg offers a vital accommodation for the elderly, Sommaren Café is the meeting place and café activities.

19. Solar cells

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Full integrated solar cells facing south with an installed power of 36 kW. The expected production of solar electricity is about 33 MWh per year. A display shows the instantaneous production and daily production.

20. Spontaneous sporting site

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The new spontaneous sporting site is a collaboration with Fosie Neighborhood and Highways Department through the EU project SÖM to encourage sport and activity.