Lund - A City with a university and a university with a city
Most cities would never dare to admit that they are just an appendix to an university. In Lund planners and politicians seem to agree: without the university there is no future for the city. One of the most important conclusions of the NCN-seminar in Lund this Spring was the recognition of the necessity for a diversified and complex dialogue between a city and its university.
"Development strategies of the city and the university must be fully integrated in each other although a modern, fast growing campus area and an old city centre both play different roles in the modern knowledge city. They are both key-elements in the future development of a city which is able to attract scientists and students in an international scale."
Furthermore a modern university city as Lund is never alone. We are all incorporated in a regional and national hierarchy of relations and cities and in the case of Lund it is the cities of Malmo and Danish Capitol Copenhagen. However, it is hardly enough just to realize it you need to act according to this basic assumption of your regional and national position.
The Knowledge City and the infrastructure are two closely related brothers. In addition to this: working with the idea of the future city as a knowledge city rises several implications and questions, which we need to explore in the future work of NCN:
- The knowledge city is not only a city for academics. All parts of the population have to understand, support the idea and be an active part of the knowledge city, but how can we create a sense of belonging and commitment to the idea of the knowledge city among groups and inidividuals who are completely outside the academic world?
- The cultural life and human relations in general play a vital part for innovation in the academic environment. How is it possible to use the citys cultural life as a catalyst for innovation in the city in order to create new companies and future jobs?
- The students of the city are an inevitable resource but are they to isolated in the citys life and especially the citys businesses?.
- Is it possible to develope and renew the story of the Triple Helix collaboration (city-university-businesses) in its special Nordic version as the key to the future urban development?
- The knowledge city is not only a city for academics
- All parts of the population have to understand and support the idea.
- The students of the city are inevitable resource.
Läs vitboken från konferensen i Lund 24 -25 januari 2013