Circularity in Grønlikaia
The development of Grønlikaia presented a unique opportunity for the creation of a neighbourhood that embodies the “safe and just space for humanity, with a thriving economy” described by Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economic model for the 21st century.
Our vision for the district represents a paradigm shift in design, delivery and operations, bringing each phase of the project ‘within the doughnut’. In response to the brief and the interests of the stakeholder group, our design proposal was guided by close study of the client-commissioned ‘A Doughnut for Grønlikaia’ which maps five identified focus areas against six key themes.
We aim for Grønlikaia to be an exemplar district, where fulfilling lives are lived ‘within the doughnut’, by a community aware of in its impact and naturally engaged and enabled in regenerative and socially cohesive behaviours. With a focus on adaptable, sustainable, social infrastructure, and with commercial optimisation no longer the single measure of success, we could strive to create a place that reflects and responds to the needs of the community, and of wider society. Through the creation of social value and investment in natural capital, lost to the site through previous development, we believe that Grønlikaia can become a place with a distinct and special character.