05/04/2012 03:06 PM

Students won Skanska Prize: a trip to New York

Emelié Carlsson and Agnes Sandstedt, students of Spatial Planning

Emilié Carlsson and Agnes Sandstedt, students in year two at the BTH programme Spatial Planning, won at the end of March the contest "Skanska Sustainable Cities Challenge 2012". The contest was to present ideas how Gothenburg city can become more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

The two students, originally from Gothenburg, knew immediately that this was something for them to engage in.

- We chose BTH and Spatial Planning because we like sustainable urban development. So we made a big pot of coffee and then we began to plan, they say.

From the time in Gothenburg, they knew the major approach roads into the city centre well, and it was those that the students wanted to change.

- We feel that the approach roads are barriers in the city. They were built for a society that is car-dependent. We want to make the approach roads more city-related, making it a livelier environment. Our idea is called "Barriers becoming mixed city".

In the first step Skanska selected four finalists who presented their ideas to Skanska's management and the local government of Gothenburg.

- We are used from the Spatial Planning programme to present ideas and argue for them so that was no problem for us, the students say.

Shortly thereafter the two BTH students got the news that they had won first prize. At Skanska’s future day, the students had the opportunity to present their winning idea and also to receive the prize - a trip to New York.

- It's fantastic and unreal at the same time. Having the opportunity to see New York and all the interesting building projects there will be great fun, says Emelié Carlsson and Agnes Sandstedt.

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