With H22 – A smarter city, the city of Helsingborg in Sweden invites you to a world class city expo in the summer of 2022. An expo that explores and leads the way to a smarter and more sustainable urban development.
A smarter city is a city that truly combines technology with sustainability. In H22 we aim to explore this theme through three perspectives.
Perspective: Improving quality of life
Highlighting life in the city and life in between houses we look into urban development based on people and their well-being rather than the buildings they live in.
By 2030, over 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. Thus, quality of life in urban areas is more important now than ever before. Sweden is often talked about as a role model in this area, and we believe Helsingborg is among those leading the way.
Perspective: Innovative urban planning
Exploring, testing and showcasing the architecture, innovations and digital transformation pushing development forward and improving welfare. About the new, emerging ideas and how the city is adapted to them.
New innovations and technological progress affect our behaviour and create new opportunities on an almost daily basis. In this perspective we explore how the city changes with its time, and how design and architecture can be a part of this progress.
Perspective: Reinventing city governance
About leadership and decision-making in successful urban development and planning. Exploring the what, who and how of city governance.
This perspective aims to investigate the effects and role of planning and decision-making in and as a city. How can we create a system that is fast – to respond to the citizens’ needs, and slow – to ensure sustainability?
H22 takes place in Helsingborg, in the south of Sweden. In Helsingborg three main districts will be displayed as different aspects of a smarter city.
An old port and industrial area in central Helsingborg is being developed into the new central district Oceanhamnen, with qualities and innovations beyond the expected.
Oceanhamnen will be a city district built on three islands. At the moment, the first island is being built to provide room for three office buildings, four residential blocks with around 350 homes and premises for services and retail areas. The district will also have a quay walk, a square, a park in the former dry dock and a canal through the pier to allow small boats to pass. It will be furnished with the latest technology to facilitate everyday life for those who live and work in the area. Oceanhamnen is one of the four city districts in the major visionary urban development project H+. The entire area will be fully developed in 2035.
A district from the 60’s is being transformed through social engagement and urban planning, with a focus on dialogue and co-creation.
The area Drottninghög was built in 1967 as part of the Million Programme that aimed to provide Sweden with a million homes in ten years. Because the homes were to be built in a short time, typical million programme areas became monotonous, filled with identical apartment complexes. Drottninghög is being transformed by densifying the district and creating variation. During this process, the work has been done in consultation with residents in order to create a city district by and for the people who live there.
SeaU – the city’s new living room
Over the next few years, a new hotel and congress facility and 155 homes are being built in the heart of central Helsingborg, right by the sea.
What was once a large car park is being transformed into a living place both for the city’s residents and its visitors. In addition to the homes being built, a park will also be established – designed to meet the needs of visitors and residents alike.
Join us in creating H22
Join us in developing a smarter city. Tomorrow’s technology, climate-smart solutions, conference concepts or tests with the city as a platform – with H22 it’s possible.
The years leading up to H22 will be characterized by purposeful work from both local and national as well as international actors, in and outside Helsingborg. By taking part in the journey towards H22, you’ll also become a part of the smarter city story.
During the city expo in June – July 2022, only the best is good enough. The most exciting development work, the sharpest questions, the best formats, ideas and solutions will be showcased and further processed by the crowd and decision makers visiting H22.
Taking part in H22 will let you position yourself as an active part of sustainable development and a smarter city.