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Designed Living Environment

ArkDes is tasked by the government to monitor and support the national architecture and design policy goals outlined in the Policy for Designed Living Environment. This policy pertains to the planning and design of our cities, villages, and spaces, and how these elements impact our everyday life and well-being.

The concept of ‘designed living environments’ encompasses architecture, urban planning, design, art, and cultural heritage. The objective is to create sustainable, aesthetically pleasing, and functional environments for people to live and thrive in.

Practice-based research

Here you will find more information about how ArkDes conducts research in the field of Policy for Designed Living Environment and the projects related to our research.

Designed Living Environment is about using architecture, form, design, art, and cultural heritage to promote sustainable societal development.

Skeppsholmen, Stockholm

Conference 2024: Designed Living Environment – How to Count?

Sign up to this year's conference on Designed Living Environment, this year on the theme: How to Count?

Six teams selected for Visions in the North step 2

Ice and snow researchers, designers, screenwriters, and architects are examples of professionals who will explore new methods to meet the needs associated with the green industrial transition in Norrbotten and Västerbotten.

Conference on Designed Living Environment

Every year since 2020, ArkDes, together with the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, the Swedish National Heritage Board, and the Public Art Agency Sweden, organises a conference on the Designed Living Environment.

Reports and publications

Here you can access ArkDes' current reports, conferences, and seminars related to Designed Living Environment. The content on this page is in Swedish.

Skeppsholmen, Stockholm

Torget: Power of Places

From an old industrial area to a vibrant theater – how can places evolve when we utilize local resources and rethink with what is available on-site?

ArkDes is a creative hub for research, collaboration and strategic analysis within architecture and design.


ArkDes brings Policy for Designed Living Environment to schools

Photo: Daniel McCarthy. 2023. ArkDes initiates successful pilot project bringing national policy for architecture and design to schools.  Grounded in the policy and the innovation project Street Moves, students are provided with knowledge and tools to influence the public environment.

New report: Sustainability, Quality and Economics

ArkDes releases the report 'Sustainability, Quality and Economics.' This annual report serves as a follow-up to the Policy for Designed Living Environment, commissioned by the Swedish Ministry of Culture.