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Street Moves

Photo: Örjan Karlsson. 2023. Oskarsgatan, Hultsfred.

Street Moves

‘Street Moves’ is an innovative project transforming our shared urban streets through design. Working in collaboration with municipalities, design teams, and citizens, ‘Street Moves’ crafts novel street solutions while developing place-specific methods and tools. This enhances the adaptability of the stakeholders involved.

Spearheaded by ArkDes and funded by Vinnova ↗, Sweden’s innovation agency, ‘Street Moves’ is part of a mission to make all Swedish streets sustainable, healthy, and vibrant by 2030. This initiative aligns with Sweden’s ambition to achieve the goals of Agenda 2030 ↗ and reach net zero emissions from fossil fuels by 2045 ↗. Public entities are expected to set exemplary standards in this endeavour. The urgency of this mission requires new tools to rapidly test effective strategies. ‘Street Moves’ utilizes localized, inclusive, and exploratory design processes to test innovative ways of meeting these challenges and designing street spaces that don’t prioritize cars.

The project kicked off in the spring of 2020. During that spring and summer, ArkDes and LundbergDesign ↗ co-designed a modular street solution. These modules, trialled in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Helsingborg, consist of a glulam base plate with customizable parts ranging from electric scooter parking to outdoor gyms, seating areas, and planting boxes. The project has since expanded to more municipalities across Sweden. Lessons and methodologies from earlier Street Moves’ processes are continuously integrated for more effective outcomes.

To date, ‘Street Moves’ has revolutionized street spaces in collaboration with seven municipalities: Hultsfred, Härnösand, Södertälje, Gothenburg, Helsingborg, Umeå, and Stockholm. The success of these efforts led to the trial of Street Moves’ methods in San Jose, California, in November 2023.

Photo by Krook and Tjäder/F. Gerlach. 2022. Brahegatan, Gothenburg.
Photo: Lotta Wittinger. 2022. Rektorsgatan, Helsingborg.
Photo: Örjan Karlsson. 2023. Oskarsgatan, Hultsfred.
Photo: Martin Edholm. 2023. Skeppsbron, Härnösand.
Photo: LundbergDesign. 2020. Parmmätargatan, Stockholm.
Photo: ArkDes. 2022. Vasagatan, Umeå.
Photo: Daniel McCarthy. 2023. Badhusgatan, Södertälje.

‘Street Moves’ offers a rapid, cost-effective approach to transforming street spaces without disruptive roadwork. It fosters a multi-stakeholder dialogue about the future design of streets. Temporary street solutions, driven by community engagement and feedback, enable the exploration of public demand and the testing of concepts through street prototypes. This incremental approach is revolutionizing our shared urban streets, one at a time, towards achieving a sustainable, healthy, and lively urban landscape across Sweden.

Expert Network

Pernilla Bremer – Investigator, the Swedish Transport Agency

Helena Hansson – Phd in Design, HDK-Valand, Gothenburg University

Per-Olof Hedvall – Associate Professor and Director of Certec, Department of Design Sciences, Lund University.

Lena Jungmark – Coordinator, Tankesmedjan Movium, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Alexander Ståhle – CEO, Spacescape

Report: Street Moves 2023

Photo: Daniel McCarthy. 2023.

ArkDes summarizes results from the second phase of ArkDes innovation project Street Moves. The report is written in Swedish.

Report: Street Moves 2021

Photo: Elsa Soläng. 2021.

ArkDes summarizes results from the first phase of ArkDes innovation project Street Moves. The report is written in Swedish.

Street Moves website

At Street Moves website you can access the lessons that have been generated in the project.

Street Moves in The Guardian

Street Moves was featured in the Guardian. Read it here.

Production: Hugo Johansson, Studio Hugo AB. In the second phase of 'Street Moves', which took place in 2022–2023, new street solutions were explored in Gothenburg, Helsingborg, Umeå, Härnösand, Hultsfred, and Södertälje. Watch the film to get an overview of the project's results.