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Oslo shows Sydney how an airport city is done

Oslo Airport City
Oslo Airport City

Sydney has announced plans for a “world class” aerotropolis, but Oslo, Norway has now revealed its own airport city, which will be powered entirely by renewables and smart-enabled, setting the bar for what world class actually means.

The Western Sydney City Deal announced last week set plans for a “world-class aerotropolis” at Badgerys Creek.

“The Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis will be an exciting, world-class precinct adjoining the airport and catering for a range of advanced industries ready to invest and make the Western Parkland City their home,” the City Deal reads.

A development corporation, yet to be set up, will become master planner and master developer of the site.

Over in Norway, the winning master plan for another airport city, the Oslo Airport City (OAC), was announced last Friday, with Haptic Architects and Nordic – Office of Architecture revealing what they’re calling “a new model for a sustainable smart city”.

Oslo Airport City

The four million square metre OAC is set to become the world’s first energy positive airport city – powered entirely by renewable energy and designed to be a net exporter of electricity, servicing surrounding buildings, communities and cities.

It will also be a smart city test bed, with the incorporation of driverless electric cars, automatic lighting and smart technology for services such as mobility, waste and security.

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Liveability will be at the centre of the development – the city centre is set to be a car-free zone, public transport has been designed to be a maximum of five minutes’ walk away, and there will be “generous provision” of green space.

The plan has the backing of the Norwegian government, which is working to shift from its traditional oil-based economy to a clean energy economy.

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“Oslo Airport City will be a catalyst for high-value economic activity in Norway,” OAC managing director Thor Thoeneie said.

“We expect it to deliver long-term, highly skilled jobs creating science and technology-based products as well as providing employment in services such as specialised healthcare and executive education and training.”

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Haptic Architects director Tomas Stokke said the project was a unique opportunity to design a new city from scratch.

“Using robust city planning strategies such as walkability, appropriate densities, active frontages and a car free city centre, combined with the latest developments in technology, we will be able to create a green, sustainable city of the future,” he said.

Game on, Sydney!

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