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The Low2No project is designed to help transition our cities to a low carbon future. We aim to balance economy, ecology and society through strategic investments and interventions in the built environment.

Welcome back to Low2No!

Over the past 6 months, we have been hard at work designing and building a new home for Low2No. This new site is intended to both be a place to learn more about the city block that we are building in Helsinki's Jätkäsaari district (recently named Airut, but more about that later) and provide a platform for a global discussion around transitioning the built environment to a low carbon future.

Diagram of the website's "code commits" since April 2011. A code commit is when the developer takes a snapshot of the site and saves it as it is being coded. In this phase, there were 336411 lines of code added, 32001 lines deleted.
Diagram of the website's "code commits" since April 2011. A code commit is when the developer takes a snapshot of the site and saves it as it is being coded. In this phase, there were 336411 lines of code added, 32001 lines deleted.

Thank you to XOXCO for their tireless work on the back end of the site, and to Muotohiomo for design. Well done. Also thanks to my colleagues Bryan, Annemaria, and Olli.

The city block now has its own section on the site: the Block page where we will discuss the latest developments in its design, energy and carbon strategy, support of the people that will occupy it and some of the materials that have been developed by our team along the way.

We still believe that our Low2No competition was one of the most innovative approaches to sustainable design of the built environment anywhere, so we have refreshed and explained the many dimensions of that project here.

To the sustainability/carbon discussion side, we are beginning to open up a new area of work called the Low2No model. Low2No has always been a broad project with many initiatives. This had to do with the nature of challenge (the built environment has an extremely large set of stakeholders and areas of work), and also Sitra's mission (we work between sectors to promote systemic change).

Under the banner of the Low2No model, we are looking more directly at how our transitional approach to decarbonizing the built environment can and is being applied outside of our development project in Helsinki. We hope that this area of work will flourish following some key decisions that will be made by Sitra in the coming months.

Our new site coincides with the release of three articles, or in-depth looks at the issues central to the challenge of sustainability and the built environment as told by leading professionals from around the world. 

David Wood from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government discusses the role of private finance in building a sustainable city. Tuuli Kaskinen and Roope Mokka from Demos Helsinki reflect on their work in enabling individuals to help consumers make more energy and carbon conscious choices. And Federico Parolotto and Francesca Arcuri from Milan-based Mobility in Chain propose a better way of managing mobility and transportation planning.

These are original articles supported by Sitra and are the first of a series that will be published every month or so.

we are looking more directly at how our transitional approach to decarbonizing the built environment can and is being applied 

Finally, we will be publishing a series of dossiers that provide a broad look at issues such as carbon, energy in buildings, enabling people to make more sustainable choices, smart systems and services etc. The dossier format provides a way to expose and organize the myriad of issues, challenges and recent developments that each topic encompasses. 

This site will live and breath as we move forward with the Low2No project and will provide us the flexibility to add content as we go. Please check in regularly or subscribe to our RSS feed. And let us know what you think!

October 3rd, 2011

Posted by: Justin W. Cook

Category: Project Updates