Good Cities of the Future

Attractive urban environments attract talent, businesses and investments and are therefore important for Sweden’s competitiveness. The objective of Good Cities of the Future is to provide a growing population with attractive environments in which to live and work. 



Attractive urban environments attract talent, businesses and investments and are therefore important for Sweden’s competitiveness. Transformation is happening fast in society, but some areas of social development are lagging behind. A housing shortage, segregation, drawn-out decision processes for infrastructure investments, overloaded public transit systems, traffic jams on roads and a railway system plagued by neglected maintenance and inadequate capacity are all symptoms of this. The objective of Good Cities of the Future is to ensure that a growing population has attractive living environments in which to live and work – in both growing and shrinking regions.


Urbanisation’s drivers and obstacles – This work group is tasked with ensuring that the project has a foundation of current and relevant research on urbanisation’s consequences and drivers. One important priority is to analyse how research findings can be made available to those responsible for community development.



Chairman: Mari Broman, IQ Samhällsbyggnad

Project Manager: Kristoffer Gunnartz, Elefant Media

Upward development spirals – What factors distinguish a region’s positive development? This work group will use actual cases from five regions as illustrations.



Chairman: Ulla Hamilton, Stadsledingskontoret

Project Manager: Elin Elliot, IVA

Flows in sustainable cities of the future – What will the flows of people, materials, energy and water look like in sustainable cities of the future? The work group will take a visionary approach to explore technical, social and logistics flows in sustainable cities of the future.



Chairman: Ulf Ranhagen, SWECO AB

Project Manager: Hampus Lindh, IVA

Planning and decision processes – The main focus of this work group is planning and decision strategies. How are new research findings implemented and how can we solidify future plans?


Chairman: Åsa Söderström Jerring, Infobooks AB, Peter Nygårds, Swedbank AB

Project Manager: Staffan Eriksson, IVA

The project is expected to propose common methods and processes for community planning. It will increase the body of knowledge and convey this new knowledge to those responsible for community planning in cities and regions. Through the project, IVA aims to help speed up the creation of attractive cities of the future. The project will also identify areas and processes that can be further developed and exported, and propose new research areas for a sustainable built environment. Politicians and officials who are responsible for community planning and development at the national, regional and municipal levels, and researchers in this field will play a key role in the project. The project will also involve leaders, specialists and decision-makers in the business community.

The project timeframe is 2015–2017.



Gabriel Urwitz, Segulah (Chairman)
Ingalill Berglund, CEO, Atrium Ljungberg
Magnus Breidne, Vice President Projects, IVA
Johan Celsing, professor KTH, CEO Celsings Arkitektkontor
Anders Egelrud, CEO, Fortum Värme
Ulrika Francke, CEO, Tyréns
Kerstin Gillsbro, CEO, Jernhusen
Gunilla Glasare, Head of the Growth and Community Development Division, SKL
Emma Gretzer, Unit Manager, Environmental Sciences and Spatial Planning, Formas
Anders Hall, Head of Development, Swedish Police
Staffan Helgesson, CEO, Creandum
Arne Kaijser, Professor, History of Technology, KTH
Christer Larsson, Director of Malmo City Planning Office
Eva Nygren, Head of Investment, Swedish Transport Administration
Peter Nygårds, Senior Advisor, Swedbank
Per Strömberg, President & CEO, ICA
Åsa Söderström Jerring, Chairman of IVA Division III Building and Construction
Mattias Tingvall, Vice President Corporate Business Development, Vattenfall



Formas, Swedish Transport Administration, JM, Tyréns, Jernhusen, Atrium Ljungberg, Vattenfall and Fortum Värme.