H22 – A Smarter City is a long term investment in innovation and sustainable urban development by the City of Helsingborg, Sweden, in collaboration with leading businesses, academia, organizations and NGO’s.

In the years leading up to 2022, Helsingborg provides a unique opportunity to initiate and test new ideas and collaborations making a smarter city. In 2022 the city expo will put the best work on display, creating a vibrant international platform to explore and discuss new solutions that push development forward. When the city expo is over, the work continues – using and further processing the learnings and results from the expo.

Three perspectives to explore the making of A Smarter City

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.

Innovative urban planning

Exploring, testing and showcasing the architecture, innovations and digital transformation pushing development forward. 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.

Reinventing city governance

About leadership and decision-making in successful urban development. Exploring the what, who and how of city governance, this perspective highlights citizen involvement, co-creation and fast changes in combination with long-term sustainability.

Three unique locations
highlighted as the city expo’s main districts


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. 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.


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.


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.