Sweden – Another destination in our upcoming travels, the “City of Tomorrow,” otherwise known as Bo01 in Malmö, Sweden, is the site of a former brownfield along the city’s western harbour. Developed in 2001 as part of an international housing exhibition, Bo01 was as much a modern architectural endeavour as it was a testing ground for new sustainable technologies. The projects main objectives were to reclaim previously contaminated soil, rely on 100% renewable energy, reduce motorized transportation and promote walking and bicycling, eliminate all hazardous materials from construction, and increase biodiversity in flora and fauna. While ambitious, the project was critical to the future development of new cities and was thus funded by both the city and the European Union, in collaboration with architects, developers, government agencies, energy companies and local universities.
Today, Bo01 is a paragon of sustainable development, offering 600 dwellings for 1000 inhabitants, with further growth expected in the coming years. The development is now powered entirely by renewable energy and even waste is dealt with in an innovative way – garbage and recycling are placed above ground shoots and is sucked underground to the edge of the neighbourhood where it is picked up by garbage trucks. The vacuum garbage disposal system then takes the separated food waste off for composting and bio-gas. We can’t wait to try out these vacuum shoots!