Århus, Denmark
City population: 308508
Duration: 2014 – ongoing
Implementation status: Ongoing
Scale: Micro-scale: District/neighbourhood level
Project area: unknown
Type of area: Industrial
Last updated: April 2022

Collaboration between the City of Aarhus and private property developer DOMIS Ejendomme has been recognised by the award of a silver certificate for sustainable urban planning for the Bryggervej project. The aim of the project is to try out various sustainability principles. Green and blue solutions are included in the project, e.g. green roofs, green facades, green open spaces and blue elements/water in the park areas to increase recreational values and add moisture to the dry urban air. (Ref. 1, 2, 3) By 2020, the first residential project was built called Risskov Brynet (Ref 8). Information in the project since 2017 is about this project. The project is certified according to DGNB Gold because it is based on a high standard for both social, economic, and environmental sustainability. An important part of this project is a 'highly insulated climate screen', a technology of the project that is incorporated into the project to address climate change (Ref 8, 9, 10).



Nature-based solution

  • Green areas for water management
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems
  • Grey infrastructure featuring greens
  • Alley and street greens
  • Green playgrounds and school grounds
  • Institutional green space
  • Nature on buildings
  • Green roofs
  • Green walls or facades
  • Parks and urban forests
  • Pocket parks/neighbourhood green spaces

Key challenges

  • Climate action for adaptation, resilience and mitigation (SDG 13)
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Promotion of naturalistic urban landscape design
  • Water management (SDG 6)
  • Stormwater and rainfall management and storage
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Enabling physical activity
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Social cohesion
  • Social interaction


Creation of new green areas, Maintenance and management of urban nature, Transformation of previously derelict areas

Project objectives

The overall purpose is to create a dense urban settlement with energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable construction, as well as a socially sustainable district. The objectives include green spaces where existing and new vegetation is included (e.g. public outdoor areas such as playgrounds), along with water as an element for outdoor areas. (Ref. 3)

Implementation activities

A green belt and green wedges will be established between the upcoming settlements, and create recreational areas. Water elements will be included, and the building plan has located areas for these, e.g. in the green wedges between residential buildings, water will also be used for recreation purposes through Local irrigation of Rainwater (LAR). (Ref. 3) Furthermore, green structures and small biotopes will allow for evaporation of rainwater as well as provide recreational value. (Ref. 3)

Climate-focused activities

Climate change adaptation:

  • Increase or improve urban vegetation cover to help reduce outdoor temperature
  • Implement green walls or roofs to lower indoor temperature and provide insulation
  • Implement sustainable urban drainage infrastructure (e.g. to make space for water)

Main beneficiaries

  • Local government/Municipality
  • Private sector/Corporate/Company
  • Citizens or community groups


Management set-up

  • Co-governance with government and non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government/municipality
  • Private sector/corporate actor/company

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Co-planning
  • Taskforce groups

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

Collaboration between the City of Aarhus and the private property developer DOMIS Ejendomme. (Ref. 1) DOMIS owns or represents the majority of the private interests in the area, and the City of Aarhus owns e.g. recreational areas as well as the roads. The overall plan for the area has been prepared with landowners in the district and through meetings with local stakeholders. (Ref. 3)

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown (The city council and DOMIS have been partnering on the sustainable development of the Bryggervej project since 2009, resulting in certification by the Green Building Council Denmark. (Ref. 1))
... a local policy or strategy? Yes (Year 2009, in connection to the municipal budget, the City Council decided that a comprehensive plan for the newly appointed urban conversion area at Bryggervej should be prepared. The area is also mentioned in the municipal plan from 2009. (Ref. 3, 4) )


Total cost


Source(s) of funding

  • Public local authority budget
  • Corporate investment

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget
  • Other

Non-financial contribution


Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Climate, energy and emissions
  • Strengthened capacity to address climate hazards/natural disasters
  • Environmental quality
  • Improved air quality
  • Water management and blue areas
  • Reduced risk of damages by drought
  • Green space and habitat
  • Promotion of naturalistic styles of landscape design for urban development
  • Increased green space area

Economic impacts

  • Increased property prices
  • Attraction of business and investment

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Improved physical health
  • Improved mental health
  • Gain in activities for recreation and exercise
  • Cultural heritage and sense of place
  • Improvement in people’s connection to nature

Type of reported impacts

Expected impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports


Availability of a web-based monitoring tool