Future spatial structure and physical shape

Setting out from Uppsala University: Mission and Core Values, Development Plan 2050 will strengthen Uppsala University’s position as a world-leading university. Our academic environments will attact leading researchers and students. Uppsala University will be a meeting place for outstanding research and education and a creative hub for local, regional and global development.

Vision for Development Plan 2050

The mission of the project Development Plan 2050 has been to develop guiding principles for the University’s future spatial structure and physical shape. The plan shows that the University has excellent scope for continued development in Uppsala and Visby.

In the course of the project, clear development lines have emerged showing that the University has the potential for sustainable growth without geographical fragmentation of its operations. This will involve the development of a cohesive University area integrated with its urban setting rather than several different campuses, with more cycling and pedestrian corridors through green areas providing closer links between the various parts of the University and other actors.

Such a development will benefit the future University, in which interdisciplinarity and collaboration are expected to play an even greater role, while enhancing the University’s presence and visibility in the city.

Vision for 2050

The attractive city university – knowledge environments with tradition and diversity in an urban and living context.

Goals for 2050

Cohesive knowledge environment and increased collaboration

  • The University environments support leading research, education and collaboration, and can adapt to meet new needs.
  • The development of the existing environment creates proximity and supports knowledge clusters, such as the area for health consisting of Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala Science Park and Uppsala Biomedical Centre.
  • The environments are conducive to interdisciplinary encounters and cross-cutting collaboration.
  • The facilities are shared by multiple, mutually reinforcing actors, enhancing the areas’ attractiveness.
  • Different parts of the University are linked up by well-developed corridors and safe, multifunctional outdoor spaces.
  • The University has strong links with Ultuna and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and with learning environments in other places.

Sustainability, health and well-being

  • The University contributes to sustainable environments and lifestyles. The University’s environments encourage and support staff and students in healthy living.
  • The University’s environments feel living, open and welcoming, including for international students, employees and visitors. The facilities are in use for most of the day’s 24 hours.
  • The University’s environments are well adapted to a changing climate and their development takes account of the use of natural resources and the impact on natural systems.
  • In addition to serving the University’s academic mission, the physical environment also satisfies people’s needs for security, housing, culture and recreation, and offers support and services.
  • The environments offer opportunities for both seclusion and participation, reflection and recreation.

Distinct identity and urban integration

  • With its history and traditions, Uppsala University has a distinct identity and is well integrated in the city.
  • The University’s breadth is reflected in a diversity of environments, which vary in character, scale and expression.
  • The University environments benefit from and contribute to the city’s resources.

Increased presence and visibility

  • Uppsala University stands out in the public space and has a distinct presence in the city, its spaces and its activities.
  • The University establishes itself in more places in both cities.
  • The opportunities offered by digitalisation are harnessed, strengthening Uppsala University’s connections with the world around it.
  • New forms of presence have been developed.

Development strategies for 2050

Reduce the footprint and optimise resource use

  • Climate impact and negative emissions.
  • Reduce energy use.
  • Better use of existing premises.
  • Adapt to the climate and take advantage of ecosystem services.

Facilitate a sustainable lifestyle

  • Create secure and inclusive environments.
  • Support and encourage sustainable mobility.

Develop the health and science environment between Uppsala Biomedical Centre and Uppsala University Hospital

  • Create a new entry point.
  • Make extensions that enhance BMC.
  • Improve the links between BMC, Uppsala Science Park and Uppsala University Hospital.
  • Develop Artillerifältet as a park.

Give Exercisfältet a role at the heart of the knowledge environment

  • Connect the knowledge environments at BMC and the Ångström Laboratory with their surroundings.
  • Create mixed functionality at Exercisfältet.
  • If appropriate, establish a University presence at Exercisfältet.

Create new links in the Blåsenhus area.

  • Develop corridors for better orientation and stronger connections with the surroundings.
  • Use central target points to stimulate movement in the area.
  • Make use of further scope for development.

Supplement other University areas

  • Add extensions in the EBC area.
  • Supplement the structure of the English Park Campus.
  • Expand Ekonomikum to the north.
  • Make cautious additions in the Munken area.
  • Let Campus Gotland grow along Cramérgatan and down to the harbour.

Strengthen corridors and connections

  • Create a cohesive structure.
  • Develop corridors between University areas.
  • Establish more links to the urban structure.

Create connective, multifunctional outdoor spaces

  • Make outdoor spaces accessible and planned.
  • Support increased use of outdoor spaces around the University.

Establish a robust meeting place structure

  • Enhance existing meeting places.
  • Create a meeting place structure using nodes.

Make use of opportunities for outreach in the urban environment

  • Conserve the cultural heritage and continue the tradition of identity-building architecture.
  • Use interfaces with the city for outreach activities.
  • Take a more prominent place in the city.

Steering committee

  • Johan Tysk, Chair, Vice-Rector of the Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology
  • Hanna Johannesson, Deputy Vice-Rector of the Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology
  • Mats Larhed, Deputy Vice-Rector of the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Anna Singer, Deputy Vice-Rector of the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Peter Elenfalk, Director of Building and Estate Services
  • Two student union representatives
  • Co-opted: Annika Sundås Larsson, Deputy Director of Building and Estate Services, rapporteur

Arbete under framtidsseminarium.