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Book launch: Stadsutveckling & design för motstridiga önskemål

Welcome to a book launch and discussion about the book Stadsutveckling & design för motstridiga önskemål (“Community Design for Conflicting Desires”).

Stadsutveckling & design för motstridiga önskemål contains the writing of 18 researchers and practitioners on the challenges Swedish municipalities face when developing socially sustainable societies. What is needed to ensure a democratic, fair and free society?

The built environment is a catalyst for conflict – a playing field where tensions between citizens and local governments are either reduced or escalated, depending on how they’re handled. At ArkDes on 27 May, project managers and writers share their experiences from case studies in different Swedish municipalities. There will also be a discussion about the way forward for democracy and social sustainability in urban development.


Moderator: Lisa Daram

15.00 – 15:05 Welcome to ArkDes!
Linda Kummel introduces ArkDes Think Tank and ArkDes’s mission regarding the designed living environment.

15.05 – 15.15 What is Decode?
Björn Hellström, Professor in Sustainable Urban Development at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and Project Manager for Tyréns and Decode, gives an introduction about the research project.

15.15 – 15.20 Vinnova’s research programme
Andreas Netz, Programme Director for Challenge-Driven Innovation at Vinnova, presents the research programme.

15.20 – 16.10 Three voices on democracy, power and segregation
Jonna Bornemark, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Centre for Practical Knowledge, Södertörn University
Ann Legeby, Professor of Applied Urban Planning and Design, KTH
Jonatan Metzger, Associate Professor and Associate Professor, KTH

16.10 – 16.30 How do we create democratic processes for urban planning and development?
Fredrik Drotte, City Development Manager, ÅWL Architects
Karin Milles, City Architect, Norrköping Municipality
Lisa Bomble, PhD in Planning and Participation, Business Developer, Lerum Municipality
Monica Fundin Pourshahidi, Housing Policy Investigator, Hyresgästföreningen (the Swedish Union of Tenants)
Mikael Nordström, Boverket

In Auditoriet, floor 3.

16.30 Mingel i Café Blom


Organised by ArkDes, Arkus, Decode, KTH, Vinnova och Tyréns.


Friday 17 May