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This article was orginally published on 01/06/2017 by Leena Karppi here.

Nestled on the shore of Lake Näsijärvi, Hiedanranta is a future city district that is being developed with a new concept in collaboration with city residents, businesses and organisations. The plan is to build homes for 25 000 residents and facilities for 10 000 jobs in Hiedanranta. The Tampere tramway will pass through the area in the future. Hiedanranta is located some four kilometres from the city centre.

The new city district and the changing Lielahti area

The new city district will comprise three subareas: the historical factory area, the Lake Näsijärvi shore zone and a part of the Lielahti commercial area. The planning of the district was launched in 2016 with an international ideas competition. The jury selected two entries as the winners of the competition, and the planning of the area is continuing based on the winning proposals

The preparation of a master plan for the area commenced in the spring of 2017 with a process involving the city residents and dubbed the ideas competition “after party”. In public workshops, the participants joined forces in developing, among other aspects, block structures, housing solutions, as well as a sense of community and new ways of working to suit a city of the future. The master plan will be completed in 2018, after which the local detailed planning will commence.

Väliaikainen Hiedanranta – Temporary Hiedanranta

The former Lielahti industrial area was opened to the public in 2016. The City is enabling various events and activities in the area by, for example, renting out facilities for temporary use and supporting the organisation of events.

Already operating in Hiedanranta is Kulttuuritila Kuivaamo, a venue built into an old drying plant that can be rented for various events. A community of craftsmen and artists has formed in Paja building. During the summer of 2017, Kenneli DIY, an indoor skateboarding hall meeting Olympic standards, will also open in connection with Kuivaamo.

A new circus activities centre, Sirkus Faktori, opened its doors in Kuivaamo in the spring of 2017. The Kartano-kahvila Mielihyvin café at the Lielahti Manor House is open to customers every day. In addition to the floating garden established in 2016, a floating sauna is now also in the makings in Hiedanranta – the building and design work is being carried out by city residents. You can read more about upcoming events here.

Väliaikainen Hiedanranta, or “temporary Hiedanranta”, has proven to be a successful experiment that we are continuing as a part of the area’s development. We also encourage new organisations and people to join the endeavour. Please contact us if you are interested in developing activities or events in Hiedanranta.

Development platform for smart and sustainable solutions

The Hiedanranta area serves as a piloting platform for new technologies and methods. We invite businesses whose R&D efforts focus on digitalisation, sustainability, circular economy, energy solutions or food production to join us. There are currently some 20 different development projects ongoing in Hiedanranta.

The sanitation solution for the Kulttuuritila Kuivaamo venue has been implemented entirely by means of a dry toilet system with a total of 13 toilets and, additionally, five dry urinals in the men’s room. The system is a significant pilot project on a Finnish and Nordic scale. During the summer of 2017, an algae growing plant will be built in Hiedanranta to be used by Tampere University of Technology to study the cultivation of microalgae from the urine collected from the dry toilet system.

Due to the industrial history of the area, there is an abundance of waste fibre at the bottom of Lake Näsijärvi, and its utilisation in earth construction and as an energy source is currently under investigation. A closed-cycle-based farming plant growing strawberries is also operating in Hiedanranta.

 

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This year, digital was right on top of the agenda of this EU Sustainable Energy Week: from large-scale smart city projects to citizen-oriented digital services and apps, ICT assume an essential role in maximising energy consumption in our lives.

The Green Digital Charter welcomed participants at its stand of the Networking Village on Thursday 22 June morning (09:00 – 12:30, Résidence Palace). Signed by 52 European cities, the Charter sets energy efficiency as top priority for signatories.

Digital solutions to save energy

GDC signatories are compiling and implementing local and digital strategies to make the most efficient use of ICTs to improve the economic, social and environment wellbeing of their citizens.

This event was the occasion to discover policies and projects implemented by GDC signatory cities in the area of energy efficiency.

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Environmentally-sound IT and digital applications  

Already today, carbon directly emitted by the ICT sector (datacentres and telecommunication networks) reaches 2% and is expected to double by 2020. Among the priorities of the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) is the establishment of a common methodological framework for the measurement of the energy intensity and carbon emissions arising from the production, transport and selling processes of ICT goods, services and networks.

On Wednesday (14:00 – 15:30), DG CONNECT organised a session on ‘nearly zero-emission’ datacentres, testifying of the Commission’s commitment to foster environmental-sound network infrastructures able to sustain the Digital Single Market (DSM). Laura Baracchi (from Trust-IT) presented the ICTFOOTPRINT.eu project and the self-assessment tool developed to raise awareness on the carbon footprint of digital service (SAT-S).

(Smart) cities are important consumers of digital goods and services, and sometimes even owners of IT infrastructures.Leading by example is one of the GDC signatories’ commitments. Indeed, cities can ensure the measurement, transparency and visibility of each city’s use of ICT infrastructure and digital services in terms of carbon footprint.

Read: Abdeluheb Choho, deputy mayor of Amsterdam and chair of EUROCITIES Environment Forum, “Cities are key players in the clean energy transition”, EurActiv, 19.06.2017

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GDC interactive board also approached the rising issue of energy consumption of ICT devices.

Participants were given the opportunity to self-assess the carbon footprint generated by ICT equipments they own. This small game enabled us to present projects, initiatives and alternative existing in European cities to foster a market for green, energy-efficient and environmental-sound ICT and digital solutions. The game sparked some interesting discussions with stakeholders present in the Networking Village.

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