Grounds for Change:Bridging Energy Planning and Spatial Design StrategiesCharrette report , May 24th- May 30th 2005Energy Valley The NetherlandsGrounds for Change secretariaat:KNN Milieu B.V.Werfstraat 59712 VN Groningentel: 050-3175550fax: 050-3175559e-mail: [email protected]00_cover.qxp 18-10-2005 14:35 Pagina 1
Energy Valley The NetherlandsGrounds for Change:Bridging Energy Planning andSpatial Design StrategiesEdited by Fons van Dam and Klaas Jan NoormanGroningen, October 2005
Table of contentspageForeword5General Introduction7Vision Statement9PresentationsBridging to the Future11Grounds for Change: Bridging Energy Planning and Spatial Design Strategies13Energy challenges and constraints relevant for sustainable regional development19Energy Use in the Northern part of the Netherlands23The Energetic Strategy of Ecosystem Development and Urban/Regional Spatial Restructuring and Regeneration29Exploring the role for natural gas in the transition to sustainable urban systems39Long range strategic sustainability concerns for the Groningen-Friesland-Drenthe region (2005-2035)45The Northern Netherlands: Scanning the Future51Results design groupsEnergy-design for Energy Valley challenges57Design Meerstad: Visible Energy65Energy Plantage, Leeuwarden: Look and Feel69Design Assen75Design Emmen79Concluding remarks83Lists of participants85
For the charrette reportThe International Gas Union (IGU) has recognized its duty asthe world organisation of the gas industry to commit itself tosearch for the relation between energy design and urbandesign in the future. This awareness was already present at the22nd World Gas Conference in Tokyo in June 2003 where aninternational competition on innovative urban design between9 teams was presented with the perspective of sustainablefuture over 100 years.The IGU has now initiated the next phase of their ground-breaking Sustainable Urban Systems Design (SUSD) initiativewith the project "Bridging to the Future".It will engage four collaborative teams from Canada, China,India and the Netherlands to develop energy pathways fortheir urban areas around the globe. Each city's pathway willintegrate urban and energy planning, accommodate variableenergy scenarios, and use natural gas and other fossil fuels as abridge to renewable energy and sustainable urban systems.The results will be presented at the next World GasConference in Amsterdam in June 2006.The Dutch team, called Grounds for Change, has presented inMay 2005 in Groningen its intermediate results, which formthe basis for this booklet.I hope this booklet may stimulate discussions for a furtherdevelopment to a more sustainable world, where people canlive in a harmonious and environment-friendly way. George H.B. Verberg, President of IGUP 5
General IntroductionDuring the last week of May 2005 the Grounds for Changeproject team organized an Energy-Spatial Design charrette.