City of Helsingborg / SBF
This page exists as an archive of the work carried out in connection with Helsingborg's innovation initiative H22 and H22 City Expo, years 2019-2022.
City of Helsingborg / SBF
What if technology could make you an architect of your own neighbourhood? And what if we could design public spaces for real everyday needs with input from those who know best? The City of Helsingborg is putting democracy in the heart of the urban planning process, with an app that’s bridging the gap between vision and reality.
With support from Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova, the City Planning Department is working with partners to develop this innovative app. Stadslabbet, or The City Lab, will use Augmented Reality so that city residents can play an active role in co-creating urban spaces. This is part of Helsingborg’s focused efforts to make dialogue with residents a driving force in developing a smarter city – all with the aim of improving life for everyone living and working there.
Using the app, you’ll be able to view a location through your phone camera, where digital, realistic-looking elements are layered on top to give you a clear idea of how things will look according to the city’s plans. And then it’s time to make your voice heard! How are these spaces actually used by you and your neighbours? Would the benches make more sense over in the other corner? How about a wind shelter for the group of pensioners who come have lunch in the park every day? The app’s features will let you move the digital elements around, post your own opinions, and read the views and info of other users and decision makers. By ranking proposals, everyone who calls the city their home will be able to influence the design and look of tomorrow’s Helsingborg.
The aim is to roll out the first version of the app in time for H22 City Expo and co-create the main square of the Drottninghög district together with residents, visitors, and a range of other stakeholders. A unique new twist on urban development in a city made for people!
Take a look at some of the other exciting initiatives in Drottninghög that are engaging residents in co-creation.
Stadslabbet is being developed in collaboration with Utopia arkitekter, Vobling and Doberman.
“Augmented Reality is allowing us to really bring urban visions to life. Residents can get a much better insight into the city’s plans for public spaces – and play a big part in shaping their environment. Our hope is that the app will become a valuable tool in many other projects.”
– Alfred Nerhagen, Landscape Architect, City of Helsingborg
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