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.