Home / Prototyping Gothenburg – The city as an exhibition during the summer of 2023
7 April 2022

Since 2015, Gothenburg City Triennial has been developed as a platform to discuss urban development issues ahead of the celebration of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary in 2021. As the public parts of the celebration were moved to 2023, a push is now being made to more clearly gather the city, industry and academia during the anniversary celebrations.

“In the summer of 2023, Gothenburg’s public space will become a large exhibition arena under the name Prototying Gothenburg. The exhibition focuses on solutions and challenges in the city and highlights initiatives that work actively for a sustainable transition. This is a way to have dialogue, discussion and to be part of the public conversation about the city’s development,” says Henrik Kant, City Planning Director, City Planning Director, City Planning Director of the City of Gothenburg.

Around the world, work is underway to find new, sustainable, solutions for the cities of the future. The common global goals have been formulated in the UN Agenda 2030 and through the Paris Agreement. The City of Gothenburg has joined the Climate Contract 2030, which is a coming together of Swedish cities towards the common aim and will serve as a tool to increase the pace of change.

A fast-growing city brings both success and challenges

Gothenburg is in the middle of an extensive urban transformation. Preserved, historic buildings and environments coexist with the contemporary and with the future city that is planned and gradually emerges. A variety of built structures, layers, moods, stories, and perspectives together form the growing city.

“We are doing very good things in Gothenburg and we want to highlight that, at the same time we want to problematise urban development and have a lively discussion. A city that is growing rapidly means both success and challenges,” says Björn Siesjö, City Architect of the City of Gothenburg.

A changing urban landscape 

Prototyping Gothenburg highlights several ongoing projects, at different scales – the city’s 400th aniversary celebration initiatives, large-scale constructions, artworks, student work, research projects and initiatives from the public. The exhibition focuses in particular on the role of prototype, site-specific, co-creation and humanistic perspective in the ongoing transformation. The main area is a walkway that stretches from Frihamnen, to Ringön and across Hisingsbron to the Central station area and kronhuskvarteret, where visitors are guided through a changing urban landscape.

Prototype Gothenburg is part of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary celebration of 2023, which starts with Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary party and is followed by a string of celebrations with anniversary initiatives, the city’s 100-year-old institutions and a final with among other things such as frihamnsdagarna.

Broad collaboration

The exhibition will be built gradually until the summer of 2023, the work can be followed at goteborg2023.com and our social media platforms.

Prototyping Gothenburg is a collaborative project led by the Gothenburg City Triennial in collaboration with Gothenburg & Co, the city’s administrations and companies, the industry, academia, non-profit associations, and the general public.

In connection with the Architecture Gala in Stockholm today, April 7, Prototyping Gothenburg is launched in a live broadcast that can also be followed digitally.

Follow the broadcast of the Architecture Gala:  Välkommen till Arkitekturgalan 2022 – Sveriges Arkitekter

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