About Loop City

Loop City is a collaboration between 10 municipalities, the Capital Region and the Danish State on urban and business development along the Ring 3 light rail. The collaboration partners are the Capital Region, Ministry of Transport, Danish Business Authority, and the following municipalities: Lyngby-Taarbæk, Gladsaxe, Herlev, Rødovre, Albertslund, Glostrup, Vallensbæk, Ishøj, Brøndby, Hvidovre,

Loop City is a unique Danish example of collaborative, strategic urban management. Its goal is to realise the significant opportunities for urban and business development that the new Ring 3 infrastructure paves the way for.

The shared objectives of Loop City are to:

  • create sustainable and dynamic urban and business development along the new light rail
  • improve the quality of urban life and the conditions for residential and business development throughout the corridor
  • become an internationally recognised example of best practice in collaborative, strategic urban management
  • attract investment
  • attract passengers to make use of public transport through focusing on the physical environment and station proximity

Collaboration milestones

2015 Loop City: Stronger organisation with a focus on strategic urban and business development

  • The Capital Region provides Loop City a 10 million DKK grant which enables the establishment of a Programme Secretariat as well as the launching of several new projects aimed at connecting the development of the light rail system to urban and business development.

2013-14  The Copenhagen light rail: From concept to construction project

  • The light rail moves from a concept to concrete project once an agreement is made on the financing of the construction project. The light rail is expected to be completed in 2021, and Loop City now has a solid foundation in a new common infrastructure which entails great potential for urban and business development in all 10 municipalities and across the region.
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2012 Political charter: A vision becomes reality

  • The joint urban development vision is transformed into a political charter which contains five strategies to help realise the vision and create the framework for new joint projects.
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2010 A common urban development vision: “Loop City”

  • With support from Realdania, the collaboration project develops a shared vision: Loop City. The vision was developed by Bjarke Ingels Group architects, and forms the basis for further work to strengthen urban and business development along the Ring 3 corridor, which includes a light rail that can connect municipalities.
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2007-2009 Loop City/light rail cooperation commences

  • The municipalities move from dialogue to a strong collaboration project by appointing a joint project manager to ensure continued progress and coordination across the collaboration partners.
  • As part of its review of the Finger Plan, the Danish State proposes a political dialogue project. It is on that basis that the Loop City/light rail collaboration begins, with representatives from the 10 municipalities along the light rail corridor, the Capital Region and the Danish Business Authority (initially the Danish Nature Agency).


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