Oslo's goal to become a zero-emission city by 2030 requires a radical rethinking of the road traffic currently accounting for 63% of Oslo's CO2-emissions and 18% of Oslo's total surface area.
In collaboration with Oslo Bysykkel, Asplan Viak and Pure Logic, we explored global best practices for recycling a retooling of infrastructure during the Oslo Urban Arena conference in Oslo.
As the private car is becoming obsolete due to alternative modes of transportation, a new strategy for the future city is made possible. In #OSLOROADLESS we have explored an urban scenario for Oslo with 150% additional built area, and 160% additional green area, within the boundary of Ring 3.
The cloud cityThe Cloud absorbs neighborhood utilities and functions once requiring a spatial reality decreasing the physical requirements for many of society’s basic programs. In the post-war era, hospitals were centralized to leverage the extremely costly and developing technological hardware of medicine and medical labor. Today the costs of many technologies are rapidly decreasing and becoming more commonplace. In the Cloud City, the existing program of the traditional hospital will be redistributed:
+ some will REMAIN in place (the capital-intensive functions)+ some will be atomized and REDISTRIBUTED throughout the city+ some will be ASSUMED by the Cloud (wearable technologies, digital medical records and feedback)
Liberation of spaceAs the Cloud frees up these spaces by absorbing programs (banking functions, libraries, education, shops … government?), it liberates space for more people to share the urban fabric and live in the city and also for functions that will have difficulty translating into a ‘Cloud’ context (i.e. the Kindergarten, the Playground In the past, consumers traveled to service providers for specialized knowledge (medical, financial, educational). Now, the Cloud allows for a service economy in which goods, services, and information come directly to the consumer (online banking, mobile medical apps).Oslo can increase its urban density by 250% through recycle of infrastructure relocating a total population of 623 000 people within the Ring 3 boundary. What if we made it a human right to live and work within Oslo’s Ring 3?
As the private car is becoming obsolete a new strategy for the future city is made possible.
+ 150% built+ 160% green
Recycling of infrastructure is the cornerstone in the development of a denser, greener city. By introducing the roadless concept the city will gain;+ green area+ built footprint+ the soft grid
TransitIn the Cloud City, mobility becomes a choice or a luxury rather than a necessity. As the need for private cars becomes obsolete there will be a momentum for a new kind of urban development which recycles the car infrastructure into a denser and greener city allowing for a more flexible and interactive lifestyle. The roadless city facilitates higher density and a continuous soft mobility street network that is both transitory and recreational.