As the largest municipality in the county of Møre og Romsdal, Ålesund is both a cultural centre and world-leading in marine and maritime industries. It has a well established partnership between research, the private sector and, to a large degree, an engaged local population. In these partnerships, the city is also committing to sustainability and its built heritage of aesthetically pleasing Jugendstil architecture.
In addition, Norway's largest port for fisheries is located here and the municipality is a major hub for public transport and tourism, cruise ships being a major contributor.
In the Re-Value partnership, Ålesund is actively working in the Sørsida area to create a sustainable and accessible urban environment delivering not only quality for the local people but also climate neutrality. In 2019, the municipality created a Special-Purpose Vehicle “Sørsida Utvikling AS”, a municipal company, to coordinate the development of the Sørsida waterfront district. The municipality and SUAS will use Re-Value to co-create and implement the transformation of the district using data-driven approaches, and story-building together with the local community.
Sørsida is to be developed from an under-utilised waterfront area to become a leading example of an urban area with sustainable solutions that deliver on the environmental urgency while working with the goals for economic development and social sustainability. The development will include business premises, cultural venues, and housing that contribute to value creation for owners, renters, and visitors of Sørsida. Social sustainability will be fostered through the creation of good meeting places, safe urban spaces, smart mobility solutions, and a diverse urban environment that promotes equal opportunities for all.
As part of Re-Value, Ålesund will develop processes to support the area's development and future city plans, with a strong emphasis on collaborative urban design and planning — all aiming to make the urban transition towards climate neutrality truly irresistible for Ålesund and its residents.
Learn more about the effort on Sørsida’s website.
Local partners in Re-Value