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Brief Published: 24 Apr 2018

Norway’s Sustainable Smart City

Oslo Airport City

Norway has announced plans to build an 'energy positive' smart city beside its major airport by 2022.

Oslo Airport City will occupy four million sq m of space and house the airport's growing workforce of an anticipated 40,000 people by 2050. Designed by Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, the city will be powered entirely by renewable energy and have the capacity to sell its surplus energy supplies to surrounding communities.

All cars in the city will run on electricity, while incorporated high-speed light rails will ensure that residents are never more than five minutes away from access to public transport. Other green technology integrated into the plans includes auto-lighting on streets and in buildings, as well as smart-tech waste and security management.

Alongside business and cargo hubs, renders of Oslo Airport City also show a large indoor swimming pool and cycling route encircling a lake, catering to Norwegians' interests in sports and outdoor leisure activities.

"This is a unique opportunity to design a new city from scratch," says Tomas Stokke, co-founder of Haptic Architects. "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."

The smart cities market will be worth over $2tn by 2025 and Europe is set to have the largest number of smart city project investments globally (Frost & Sullivan, 2018). Learn more in High-Octane Hubs, part of our Smart Cities Spotlight Trend.