A vibrant university town
Lyngby-Taarbæk City of Knowledge and Urban Development is a private association and a unique alliance between private companies, research and educational institutions, public authorities, housing associations and citizens to ensure the city’s continued growth and development. Our vision is to develop Lyngby-Taarbæk into one of Europe’s leading university towns with the best conditions for research, study, business and entrepreneurship.
The City of Knowledge alliance has created the basis for comprehensive urban development. The campus area and the center of Lyngby are evolving into a growing business centre with new businesses, housing and education facilities, and future infrastructure projects to further accelerate this development. We work to transform the city of Lyngby into a thriving knowledge-intensive innovation district around the DTU campus.
The City of Knowledge has already built its international profile and is a centre for international specialists and scientists in the Capital Region with new, attractive possibilities for housing, international day care and a vibrant commercial life.
The partnership includes a number of professional networks where new partnerships and projects are born. With the unique Triple Helix collaboration across private businesses, science and education as well as public authorities, we will initiate ‘smart city’ solutions that will make the area attractive for businesses, citizens and newcomers – both Danish and international.
The story of Lyngby-Taarbæk City of Knowledge and Urban Development
The City of Knowledge was founded as a member association on January 23, 2012 on a strong vision to develop Lyngby into one of the leading knowledge-intensive university towns in Northern Europe. The 8 founding members, who all contributed with the initial capital include: COWI, Danica, DTU, Haldor Topsoe, Lyngby Almene Boligselskab (housing association), Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality, Pihl & Søn and ‘The City of Talents’ consortium. Prior to the founding, several preliminary analyses were conducted in 2010-2011 as well as extensive involvement of local forces, a task force and establishment of the first five City of Knowledge-networks. The City of Knowledge secretariat was established in May 2012 with the employment of a CEO and a project manager following shortly thereafter. The secretariat moved into the Science Park Scion DTU in Lyngby, and started recruiting members. The first member was Johannes Fog and by the end of the year, the City of Knowledge counted 13 members. The networks in the City of Knowledge saw a high level of activity from the start and projects such as ’City of Knowledge Innovation Camp’ and English language groups at local day care centres were among the first visible results stemming from the networks. A new network also saw the light of day: The Network for Communication.
2013 was the year, where urban development gained momentum and showcased the ambitious strategy for the City of Knowledge. Knowledge-intensive organisations such as Microsoft, Maersk Drilling & Maersk Supply Service, Cphbusiness and Visma Consulting announced their plans to relocate to new domiciles in the heart of Lyngby with approx.1800 workplaces in total and 1000 students. The City of Knowledge participated for the first time at the real estate conference MIPIM in Cannes, and national media now looked towards Lyngby and the great potential of the new approach to urban development. Projects such as the celebration of the new academic year in central Lyngby, English activities catering to international specialists and students, ‘The Sharing City’, Science Day and workshops for SMV’s were initiated. The City of Knowledge partnership experienced an increase in members and was composed of 40 members by the end of the year. The Network for Smaller Businesses was established, while the Network for Welfare Technology was put on hold.
In 2014, the City of Knowledge started the new year by launching a pilot project on mentoring accompanying spouses to international specialists and the celebration of the new academic year in Lyngby started to take shape. ‘Biketown Showdown’ – a non-profit project – was held for the first time with 50 used bikes sold to students. The Trade Association for Kgs. Lyngby published a coupon book with student discounts to 10.000 students in collaboration with City of Knowledge. A 24-hour Hackathon on ‘Big Data’ was held at DTU using data from Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality, which partly resulted in the start-up company ‘Sunmapper’ and partly cemented a mutual interest between partners in intelligent, databased solutions. The Network for School and Education was founded and all the educational institutions in Lyngby, who participated in the consortium ‘City of Talents’, joined the City of Knowledge as individual members. This meant that the number of members now counted 64 in total. A comprehensive analysis among members provided incentive for a revision of the initial 2020 vision and objectives as well as a fortified effort and vitalisation of the City of Knowledge-networks.
2015 included exciting business news: Novozymes announced their plans to build a completely new ‘Innovation Campus’ and learning centre in Lyngby, just a short walk from DTU. The City of Knowledge invited members and external guests to a conference on the development in Lyngby for investors and developers with a keynote speaker from Silicon Valley. The housing agenda experienced the results of a long-term collaboration. DTU founded ‘Boligfonden’ – a housing foundation – to secure additional housing for students and researchers. Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality also announced plans to build student housing in central Lyngby. New projects arose: ‘Skolen i Virkligheden’ – a platform to foster school and business collaboration, Leisure in Lyngby, International day and seminars for smaller businesses. The Industry Foundation graciously granted funding for the City of Knowledge Career Mentoring Programme for accompanying spouses in a two-year project. At the same time, the City of Knowledge joined the ‘Life in Lyngby’ consortium as well as regional projects such as ‘Greater Copenhagen’ and ‘Greater Copenhagen – from Science to Business’.
During 2016, the City of Knowledge focused on the consolidation of existing projects and partly also the development of new projects such as ’Smart City’ and ’Science Festival’. Furthermore, the initial steps for intelligent solutions on a city-wide level were taken in form of the launch of the ’Smart City Hub’ at DTU Skylab and a project on ‘Internet of Things’. n In terms of additional housing, sensational news was announced with the plans to develop 675 new units including student housing in Sorgenfri. Additionally, steps for construction process of the Hempel-dormitory at DTU were initiated. The City of Knowledge intensified its communications efforts with the design and launch of a new website and newsletter platform as well as an increased focus on social media. After four years at the Science Park Scion DTU, the secretariat moved to the newly renovated office community ‘Workstation’ on Nymøllevej. In terms of members, the number of members since 2012 has increased many-fold, primarily among private companies. At the five-year anniversary for the City of Knowledge partnership in January 2017, there were over 70 active members in the City of Knowledge partnership.
By the end of 2017, the City of Knowledge reached 80 members, with the 69th private company joining the partnership. For the fourth consecutive year, Lyngby FUTURE magazine was published describing the development in Lyngby as a thriving ‘Innovation District’ – an extremely popular magazine, which is also published in English for the benefit of the many international citizens and employees. Several of the City of Knowledge projects have been continued – among others with great commitment to Smart City Hub, Science Festival, Greater Copenhagen – from Science to Business, celebrating the new academic year and mentoring for international spouses. Several new land sales have been carried out around DTU for businesses, educational institutions and housing projects. The seven City of Knowledge Networks have had full activity throughout the year with 27 network meetings – and a new strategy process for 2020-2025 has been launched. Finally, the interest in the City of Knowledge partnership has spread both nationally and internationally, and other cities and urban areas now establish their own partnerships based on the model in Lyngby.
City of Knowledge and Urban Development Vision:
- To be one of Europe´s leading scientific centres and university towns with a world-class level of research and education
- To be a centre for the development of knowledge-intensive business clusters
- To be an international hub for work, culture, trade and urban life
- To be a living laboratory for a sustainable urban and business development
Thanks to the City of Knowledge, Lyngby has become one of the country’s most attractive cities in which to invest.
Peter Mering, Senior Real Estate Advisor – Danica Ejendomme