Transforming the City of Kolding’s historic centre, in partnership with the downtown business community

Development Framework for Kolding City Centre

Kolding is a successful regional centre in the area known in Denmark as "The Triangle". Here, a significant share of Denmark's GDP is created and there is a healthy climate of innovation, investment and industry that has created a strong regional brand. 

The City of Kolding suffers from familiar challenges: transforming patterns of retail and shopping, changing attitudes towards mobility and transportation, and the need to successfully compete as a centre in the Triangle region. We were asked to help take stock of the existing public life in the city and to formulate goals for improving the urban experience. Working with a community of more than 100 businesses, we facilitated a positive debate that resulted in a vision for the future supported by the local community.

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Development Framework

City of Kolding

Kolding City Centre

Kolding, Denmark

Assignment complete 2020

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louise@schulzeplusgrassov.com

Our design code 'Invite Your City' establish a shared vocabulary for the transformation and upgrading of shop fronts in the historic city centre. By providing inspiration and insights to building owners and ground floor tenants our design code enables the transformation of threshold zones and facades, creating additional invitations for people to linger and connect with other people and local businesses. 'Invite Your City' guides the business community as a whole to create more attractive destinations to visit.

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Design Code for building owners and tenants

City of Kolding

Kolding City Centre

Kolding, Denmark

Assignment complete 2019

louise@schulzeplusgrassov.com

Invite Your City

Under our creative engagement process we facilitated a series of workshops with more than 100 business owners and stakeholders that are active in the centre of Kolding today. Through the workshops we co-created a consensus-based vision for an even more attractive city centre, one that can offer even more invitations, for new groups of people to visit, in the future.

Co-creating the way forward

Jernbanegade street layout

In historic European cities the street leading to the central station is often a key representative public space with important retail and other urban service functions. On Jernbanegade, 'Station Street', in Kolding, we started the process by analysing existing patterns of use by pedestrian, cyclists and vehicles together with stakeholder interviews to hear about local business needs and experiences on the street.

Through wider public engagement we managed to engage business community and citizens in an open process where a shared understanding and trust was built in the project. New measures were identified that can be taken by the city administration as well as by the group owners and tenants of commercial units, to benefit the centre as a whole. This new shared vision for Jernbanegade, once again, establishes this station street as a key connector between the public transit hub of the city and the historic core for retail and commerce.

The inclusive approach to engaging the business community yielded additional benefits: An existing design guide for the physical transformation of the street could be adapted and changed to reflect overarching needs for future movement and recreation in this modern center. Working in collaboration with another landscape architect appointed to the project by the city, we were able to deliver a bespoke public realm refurbishment underpinned by high level of user engagement and adoption.

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Jernbanegade street design

City of Kolding

Jernbanegade in Kolding

Kolding, Denmark

200 m

Assignment complete 2019

Land+ Landscape Architects

louise@schulzeplusgrassov.com

Schulze+Grassov ApS

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mail@schulzeplusgrassov.com

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1911 Frederiksberg C

Copenhagen

Denmark