The UN’s new nature agreement, adopted at COP15 2022, aims for 30% of all nature that has been either partially or entirely destroyed to be restored by 2030. Nature will therefore be an important theme in all development projects in Oslo. On the 13th of September, during Oslo Urban Week, we are instigating a discussion on design principles for the development of waterfront areas, as this is an important part of the city’s development strategy. We ask the question: How can we build with nature, and not against it?
In 2012, we developed the principle and strategic plan for the Harbor Promenade in Oslo. The plan holds through 2040 and is linked to the comprehensive plan for Fjordbyen. The route for the Harbor Promenade over Filipstad has always been a challenge due to port activity at Hjortnes. In 2022, we were engaged by Oslo municipality to prepare a feasibility study for nature restoration in the inner Oslofjord where Filipstad was one of the focus areas for the study. The background for the assignment was based on the fact that the ferry traffic at Hjortnes and Vippetangen would be moved, and these areas will be ripe for transformation. Experience gained from both projects, and even more in our portfolio, are relevant for future urban development on nature’s premises.