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Can Stockholm Royal Seaport be part of the puzzle towards global sustainability?: - From local to global sustainability using the same set of criteria
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Industrial Ecology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2955-060X
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Industrial Ecology.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 140, p. 72-80Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Urban sustainable development is today seen as one of the keys towards unlocking the quest for a sustainable world. One feature of urban sustainability is the increased interest in developing sustainable urban districts. For many of these developments, guiding sustainability documents are developed to frame future goals. However, few of these documents specify on which grounds they determine the sustainability of goals and they are largely developed as independent islands of local sustainability. This is unfortunate as cities and their districts are fully dependent on surrounding environments. Failing to include a holistic approach into,the local planning increases the risk of sub-optimisation, future lock-ins and missed targets on a higher level. The aim of this study is to analyse whether the environmental and sustainability programme for Stockholm Royal Seaport, a new urban district in Stockholm, Sweden, can guide development of the district towards holistic ecological sustainability. By using the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development a holistic template for an ecologically sustainable planet has been described, important sectors for the built environment have been identified and the environmental and sustainability programme for the district has been analysed. This study showed that the vision and operational goals put forward in the Stockholm Royal Seaport programme complies relatively well with the designed template. However, important deviations in all sectors but land use have been identified. These deviations arise in the translation process between theory and practice. The vision for the district and the implementation phase are not aligned due to too narrow a perspective of a sustainable urban district, lack of robust sustainability principles including use of such to identify key strategic questions. In addition to the lack of an all-embracing conceptual framework, there is also a lack of structures for cooperation between stakeholders and conflicts between local and regional agendas. Use of a unifying framework can describe desirable future scenarios where the local level does not contribute to violation of the universal sustainability principles and identify step-wise routes towards such scenarios.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 140, p. 72-80
Keywords [en]
Sustainable urban development, Framework for strategic sustainable development, Stockholm Royal Seaport, Sustainable district
National Category
Environmental Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-198867DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.07.019ISI: 000388775100008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84994582556OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-198867DiVA, id: diva2:1061463
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QC 20170102

Available from: 2017-01-02 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2024-03-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Evaluation of Sustainable Urban District Developments: The case of Stockholm Royal Seaport
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Evaluation of Sustainable Urban District Developments: The case of Stockholm Royal Seaport
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Urban sustainable development is now seen as one of the keys in the quest for a sustainable world and increased interest in developing sustainable urban districts has become an important feature of urban sustainability. However, if cities and their districts are to be part of this transition, it will be necessary to determine the state and progress of urban developments. Evaluation and follow-up activities must therefore be an integral part of modern sustainability work.

This thesis investigated evaluation methods and strategies for determining progress towards sustainable urban district development. The Stockholm Royal Seaport district in Sweden was used as the research arena in studies based on urban metabolism theories, including a single case study approach, focus group interviews, the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development and quantitative data analysis. The thesis main results can be summarised as follows.

A structured frame for use in theory and practice can strengthen programme development and minimise the risk of built-in problems in environmental and sustainability plans for new urban districts. The proposed evaluation model for Stockholm Royal Seaport displayed strengths regarding core evaluation activities, such as communicating a strong vision and recognising continuity in the evaluation process. It displayed weaknesses as regards organisational structure and system boundaries.

 The proof-of-concept implementation of a Smart Urban Metabolism framework enabled real-time evaluation data on district scale to be generated and processed. The implementation process also led to identification of limitations in the framework, such as access to business sensitive data, failed integration of data streams and privacy concerns. Dynamic, high-resolution meter data can provide a higher degree of transparency in evaluation results and permit inclusion of all stakeholder groups in urban districts. The frequently used energy performance indicator kWh/m2 (Atemp) was shown to be an insufficient communication tool to mediate knowledge, due to conflation of consumption and construction parameters and the need for prior knowledge for full understanding.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
STOCKHOLM: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. p. 74
Series
TRITA-ABE-DLT ; 1838
Keywords
Evaluation, Follow-up, Sustainable urban development, Sustainable districts
National Category
Other Civil Engineering
Research subject
Industrial Ecology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-239444 (URN)978-91-7873-036-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-12-14, Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, Stockholm, 09:15 (English)
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QC 20181123

Available from: 2018-11-23 Created: 2018-11-23 Last updated: 2022-06-26Bibliographically approved

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