Vitality! Europan 16 - Living Cities

Sustainable Redevelopment of an Industrial Port



With close proximity to the historic city center, the former industrial harbor of Västerås will be one of the most important areas for the city’s transformation towards a more sustainable and inclusive future.

emergent_lab proposes a metabolistic strategy by introducing a number of green and social interventions over time and putting special emphasis on the purification of the water and the ecology of the site by creating a vibrant and welcoming new neighbourhood for the current population of Västerås, as well as generations to come.

Original image courtesy of Lars Hedberg


With a special emphasis on the purification of the water and the ecology of the site, the first series of interventions will take place on Lake Mälaren before weaving further into the fabric of the future development site. This multi-layered approach will help build an inclusive and diverse community ready for the challenges of tomorrow by enabling democratic citizen participation processes through a co-creation spiral in time. Thematic gatherings, events and workshops will take place in pavilions which are carefully placed around the site. The water pavilion will put an emphasis on aquatic ecosystems, the green pavilion on land and soil, while the social pavilion will focus on socio-cultural activities and democratic processes.

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