Uppsala has one of Sweden’s main universities. With 40.000 students in a city of 200.000, you certainly notice it – Uppsala is full of young people, cultural events and intellectual stimulation.
But one tricky thing is housing. The need is big for small, affordable accommodation and it’s difficult for the university, the city and private companies involved to keep pace with the demand.
In the early 1970:s a neighbourhood called Flogsta, with high blocks of flats was constructed and is now home for many students. But in the future a different approach is needed, a group of students argues. They have started the Plugg-Inn Uppsala project, which aims to give good and sustainable housing to students.
“Just building another Flogsta built in a traditional manor with conventional materials would be walking in the same footsteps, making the same mistakes and wouldn’t be beneficial in the long run.
The new development would look at modern technologies and use system thinking to overcome failings and improve on previous developments.
The project will also be built with the environment in mind, using renewable materials and aim to recycle waste where possible – during the design and construction stages and once complete.”
the initiators write at their website.
Recently they organised a “Sustainable Housing Design Studio” during three days, with lectures and practical design workshops in order to come up with new ideas. Plugg-In is also in contact with the municipality of Uppsala.
Among their ideas of what sustainable student housing can mean are community gardens with small food shops run by students, energy efficient buildings powered by wind and solar power and a modern system that can take care of and recycle water.
To me it all sounds brilliant. Students are the brains of our future. It’s time they get the opportunity to live in a sustainable way!