Kristiansand, Søgne and Songdalen municipalities are going to be one unit from 01.02.202. ISOCARP with Young Planning Professionals’ workshop and NMBU are making workshops in week 39 to work with issues of how to develop a polycentric city.
Kristiansand is in the process of amalgamate/merging with two neighbouring municipalities west of Kristiansand: Søgne and Songdalen. This is a huge process involving some 8000 municipal employees and 110.000 inhabitants. The new municipality ‘New Kristiansand’ will be operational from 01.01.2020.
The workshop participants will then be looking at: How Kristiansand can develop as a polycentric city? How can these three centres complement and strengthen each other to make the new municipality not only more competitive, but also more dynamic and interesting for the inhabitants? Exploring the different characteristics and identities of the three centres as a basis for developing a polycentric city is important, besides reducing the mental distance between these centres through new ways of transport and communication. The guiding strategic principles include major focus on environmental, economic and social sustainability, climate change and adaptation.
Photo: From left first row: Vicepresident Zeynep Gunay i ISOCARP from Istanbul, leader of the project Christina Rasmussen og leader of the city - and societydepartement Knut Felberg from Kristiansand municipality,.
Behind from left, professor Elin Børrud fom NMBU and leader of planning Vibeke Wold Sunde from Søgne municiplaity. Planner Thor Skjevrak from Songdalen municipality is missing in the photo. Photo: Ragna Marie Henden.
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