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Here Juliet Leonette from the environmental department of Malmö municipality talks about the history and latest state of practice in the project. It is a fantastic undertaking with so many exciting dimensions, starting from the sheer number of sharing projects to the participatory nature of the development process in which 13 real estate developers, energy company E.ON and researchers and the City of Malmö are involved.

 

Today as part of the Sharing Cities Summit we visited Sege Park in Malmö. What an inspirational day it was! “Failing forward” in the test-bed on the sharing economy –a truly pioneering effort by the City of Malmö and companiesto build a new part of Malmö in the spirit of “easy life”, sharing services and sustainability.

 
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And in this photo a representative of one of the 13 real estate developers presents their view on the process and practice of collaboration on the different sharing projects in Sege Park. The area will be populated by houses with smaller individual units and larger sharing spaces where tenants will have the possibility to interact.

The sharing projects that are envisioned for the area include stuff banks where toys, tools, books and garden equipment can be shared. These will be complemented by delivery boxes and cabinets to enable the delivery of food or local produce even when tenants are not at home. There will also a be mobility hub with cargo bikes, bike pool and pool of electronic vehicles. Hoffice will offer multifunctional meeting and working from home which will also provide access to electric bikes and electric cars.

Since not all products in our lives last forever there will be a place where products will be repaired –a repair hub, where tenants will be able to fix them themselves, as well as leave for repairs and this can be anything from re-sawing clothes, bike kitchen, upcycling and upholstering of furniture and even for electronics.

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Malmös Deputy Mayor Simon Chrisander gave a speech at the inauguration of the sharingexhibition at SEGE park and told that “sharing will be turned from being something desirable into a normal part of everyday life”. It has indeed been a 20-yearlong endeavour for some of us, researchers in the URBAN SHARING team, and it is exciting to see that ideas we helped shaping are being slowly implemented in real life and are indeed slowly becoming a new norm.

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