When the Norwegian government in 2008 decided to cooperate with the 13 largest cities to develop methods of sustainable city planning through action, it started an overall programme called The Cities of the Future (Framtidens byer). The programme incorporated a wide range of themes such as climate change, energy, transport and land use, and handling of garbage – but it soon became evident that the programme had to involve architects and entrepreneurs to encourage them to build in a sustainable manner. There was already an ongoing programme in the Oslo region called FutureBuilt, but none that could support the rest of the country.

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