In our vision for Steinkjer's Timber City, we unite the neighbourhoods into a holistic city centre; the barriers are transformed into nodes; the city finds its way back to the water's edge; and green pockets are integrated for the benefit of health, wellness and social engagement. The vision also goes beyond developing a new attractive centre: we want to interject balance to the urban development. Balance between transport as a tool for urban growth and human-centric planning. Balance in current demographics and attracting young people back to Steinkjer. Balance between necessary car use and green mobility for human and planetary health. Balance in overarching housing composition and neighbourhoods founded on sustainable sharing economy.
To achieve green and sustainable mobility development, the facilitation of an efficient, attractive and well-functioning public transport hub is critical. Conjoined efforts must be made to develop public transport services and to also facilitate cycling and walking. The overarching goal is that the public transport hub accommodates all road users, despite their means of transportation, and becomes an attractive meeting place.
We have also proposed a design for new residential quarters where access to nature was prioritised and communities could be fostered. The area will have lush courtyards, urban spaces and meaningful connections to distinctive recreation and nature areas. Our approach looked to explore new methods to protect the unique nature and biological diversity, whilst creating local commitment and ownership around this goal.