Successful Swedish start with seminar ‘Better Together’

31 January 2018

On the 25th of January, our subsidiary Urbanista Stad AB organized an opening seminar with the title ‘Bättre tillsammans’, or in English: ‘Better Together’. In total 40 professionals participated in the seminar, which then was followed by the official opening party of the office of Urbanista. Amongst others, four representatives of the Dutch embassy in Sweden attended this event, including the consul of Gothenburg. “We are happy to see that the endeavor of Goudappel Coffeng in Sweden to start a sustainable collaboration with a local partner worked out so great and are happy to be a part of this opening event.” CEO Jos van Kleef of Goudappel Coffeng was also vey enthusiastic about the seminar and this opening. 

The seminar titel 'Better Together' was first discussed and explanied by our colleague Bas Govers with a plenary session on ‘Mobility planning for vital, attractive and healthy cities’. A theme which is very actual in the city ofGothenburg and the rest of the world and therefore perfectly fits in our Excellent Cities program. His main message was to create an attractive city in which the disciplines urban planning and mobility planning are perfectly in balance. As a result, cities will be more livable.

Subsequently three themes were discussed in subgroups with the following titles:

  • A process-driven approach to urban development;
  • New mobility concepts for inner city urban development;
  • Cycling: Super cycle highways in an urban context.

The main aim of the discussions in subgroups was to exchange knowledge and context between the Swedish and Dutch professionals on the above mentioned topics. The main outcome was that a well-organized process to make a change in the urban environment is more important, but also more challenging, than ever. The day ended in the office of Urbanista Stad in which a festive opening party was organized for all guests of the seminar. 

The plan is to give the seminar a follow-up by organizing an excursion for professional urban and mobility planners from the region of Gothenburg to the cities of Rotterdam and Utrecht in The Netherlands in September 2018.