Combined growth policy and climate policy
All in all, this places heavy demands on the ambitious urban development plans in which the Department of Urban Development, Construction and Environment plays a central role.
From industry to knowledge
In the future, the disused rail freight terminal will house the Aarhus School of Architecture and other educational institutions as well as youth and student accommodation. Today, ‘Godsbanen’ is driving the development of the former freight yard area into a cultural production centre for the performing arts, visual arts and literature, with a focus on youth culture.
Another major development project is the conversion of the non-profit housing estate Gellerupparken, which will be converted into a more diverse urban neighbourhood with a new high street, new types of housing, shops and workplaces. Finally, the Aarhus City Council has adopted a high-rise policy for Aarhus, so that new high-rise buildings form part of the city’s identity in future.
New towns around the city
A sustainable Aarhus
The new sustainable urban areas must be densely built-up: The light railway is a huge investment which requires a large number of passengers to replace private car use in an economically viable manner. In addition, the transition to more public transport is one of the preconditions for reaching the ambitious climate goals.
Fewer and more densely built-up urban areas also have a positive impact on the groundwater and make Aarhus a more liveable city.
Large construction projects
The Department of Urban Development, Construction and Environment is working on a number of major projects: Aarhus Docklands, Lisbjerg, The Freight Yard Area, The County Hospital (Tage Hansens Gade) among others.