There are already over one million people in the region and this figure is set to grow. As part of the city’s growth strategy, we have established that we need to strengthen the core of the region with additional housing and space for companies, while creating a city that is inclusive and multifunctional.
To meet the challenges that come with an increased population and the higher demands imposed on the city, then we need to become even more innovative. Innovations can include new technologies and infrastructure, new ways of working together, and new business models.
“When you build something new, you have an incredible chance to use new, smart solutions. This can entail, for example, finding resources that can be used for multiple purposes, building more densely to accommodate more functions in the same area and extending accessibility to more people, or sharing space or services,” Maria Strömberg continues.
“Gothenburg is a very sparsely built city today. If you were to build more densely, for example, it may mean that we would not be able to transport ourselves in the same way as we do today, but must instead find new smart solutions,” says Lars Bern, Area Manager for Innovation at Business Region Göteborg.
It is a question of creating sustainable growth by future-proofing from both social and environmental perspectives – and that is the key to new innovations.
“The huge developmental leap that we are now undergoing means that there will be huge amounts of money in the city in the form of buildings and infrastructure, as well as businesses and services, so it makes complete sense to implement all aspects of this developmental leap in as sustainable and innovative a way as possible,” says Maria Strömberg.