Asnæs Area Renewal

Tying the city together

Client: Odsherred Municipality
Our role: Proces design, community engagement, communication strategy, town planning, urban design
Location: Asnæs, in Odsherred Municipality, Denmark
Year: 2021
Status: Ongoing

Working with citizens and local stakeholders, arki_lab is developing a five-year area renewal plan for Asnæs in Odsherred. Through workshops, teaching material, digital engagement strategies and temporary interventions in the existing urban landscape, arki_lab is facilitating the creation of a plan for a better Asnæs from the ground up.

Building on existing cultural and commercial initiatives, this project aims to tie together the city of Asnæs, creating the social and physical space necessary for the city to flourish. The multitude of community engagement strategies implemented utilise the two-fold value of co-creation; employing local expertise in creating a plan that is founded in a solid understanding of the history and social landscape of the city as well as securing a common feeling of ownership, anchoring the new initiatives in the life of the local communities. The use of self-developed teaching materials in schools additionally provides value, both by putting to use the creative potential of the younger generation of Asnæs citizens and developing an understanding of the measures to be taken in making sure that Asnæs remains a vibrant place to live for everyone.

Asnæs is the designated ‘youth city’ of Odsherred Municipality, and contains a shopping centre, a library, a youth centre, two art museums as well as both a public school and a high school. The Asnæs area renewal plan seeks to support these institutions in realizing the potential for synergy between them. The well-trodden paths from the train station to the mall, library and schools follow the old main street, providing ample opportunity for revitalizing the small 3000-citizen city. By co-creating the plan with the many existing initiatives and organisations of Asnæs, arki_lab is laying the groundwork for a sustainable solution through mutually beneficial collaboration between all city stakeholders.



global goals for sustainable development FNS 17 verdensmålSUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
We strive to use the Sustainable Development Goals as a structuring framework for our projects. This is how this project contributes to a more sustainable future


8 DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
The project focuses on reinforcing a sustainable foundation for small businesses in and around the city



13 REDUCED INEQUALITIES
Area renewal is a part of a national strategy to reduce within-country inequality



15 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Co-creating solutions for a socially and economically sustainable city 



global goals partnerships for the goals FNs verdensmål partnerskab for handling

17 PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
The project is co-funded by the local municipality, the state and local stakeholders

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