Nordic Built Cities ran from 2014 to 2017 and was one of the lighthouse projects in the Nordic Co-operation Programme for Innovation and Business Policies 2014-2017.
The three main objectives of Nordic Built Cities was to:
- Encourage joint Nordic dialogue on important urban challenges related to physical, urban spaces.
- Stimulate the development of innovative solutions, which address such challenges and make way for liveable, smart and sustainable urban spaces in the Nordics.
- Promote these solutions in, and especially outside, the Nordic region in order to strengthen the Nordic brand and benefit growth and employment in Nordic companies in the building sector as well as related sectors.
Nordic Built Cities was closely associated with the previous Nordic Built program that ran from 2012 to 2014. While the Nordic Built program focused on the development of innovative solutions for sustainable building, the Nordic Built Cities program focussed on the development, visualisation and export of innovative solutions for liveable, smart and sustainable cities. The Charter forms a joint platform for the two programs. When designing the Nordic Built Cities Challenge, Nordic Innovation has also used experiences and learnings from the previous Nordic Built Challenge.
A qualitative study was also carried out to in order to obtain an overview of how we in the Nordic region perceive ourselves – our challenges and strengths when it comes to sustainable, smart and liveable urban solutions. The study consisted of interviews with stakeholders from all around the Nordic region.