Located far beyond the Arctic Circle on the banks of the Norwegian Sea surrounded by the spectacular landscape of the fjords, the town of Alta hosts “Tanca” our Europan 14 proposal. More precisely, the proposal is based in the neighbourhood of Bossekop, which thrives on fishing and craftsmanship, especially on traditional carpentry and slate processing.

The word Tanca means “large container for water or other materials”. Conceiving the town as a container of community synergies, Tanca hosts Bossekop inhabitants favouring the implementation of an alternative lifestyle in which social development is mainly centered on co-operative models based on a highly experimental acquaponic system which combines fish farming and agricultural production in greenhouses around which the residential pattern develops. An urban vision, in which the introduction of agricultural production opens new job opportunities, favours social interaction and allows more efficient recycling, with the aim of improving people’s lifestyle.

Tanca is therefore a productive city for we fill the “large container” with:
– materials by improving industrial and artisanal production;
– ideas by developing research around acquaponics systems and education;
– possibilities by letting the future inhabitants decide how their city will work.