GOOD CITIES OF THE FUTURE: FOR ATTRACTIVE AND SUSTAINABLE LIVING ENVIRONMENTS
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.
PROJECT FUNDED BY:
Formas, Swedish Transport Administration, JM, Tyréns, Jernhusen, Atrium Ljungberg, Vattenfall and Fortum Värme.