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Municipal land allocations: a key for understanding tenure and social mix patterns in Stockholm
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Real Estate Planning and Land Law.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1480-271X
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics.
2016 (English)Other (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A socially mixed population is a politically stated ambition in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. By providing a variety of tenure alternatives – i.e. rental and ownership housing – throughout all neighborhoods it is presumed this objective could be at least partially fulfilled. Since current tenure proportions display a weak balance in many neighborhoods it could consequently be assumed that governing politicians – by primarily utilizing Stockholm’s vast landownership and municipal housing developers – attempt to bridge observed gaps. Distribution of new rental- and ownership apartments in municipal land allocations should accordingly acknowledge the existing tenure composition in a neighborhood. Methodically this article focuses on all (nearly 50 000) apartments channeled through Stockholm’s land allocation system between the years of 2002 to 2012. After classification of all apartments based on tenure, location, year and developer (private or municipal) this information is merged with yearly housing stock characteristics for 128 neighborhoods. The outcome is a unique data set allowing for a statistical assessment of whether Stockholm’s tenure (and in extension social) mix ambition is reflected in practice, and moreover the role played by the municipality’s own housing developers. The present article thereto aims to highlight the crucial importance of landownership in every Swedish municipality with an aspiration to achieve or maintain a balanced tenure mix. While the findings indicate Stockholm is complying fairly well with its stated ambition, the results do reveal some contradicting signs. Looking beyond the tenure mix focus it could moreover be questioned whether Stockholm fully utilizes its (landownership) capacity to stimulate a socially mixed population – especially one capturing more than solely socio-economical aspects.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 20 p.
Keyword [en]
Housing, Housing policy, Tenure mix, Social mix, Landownership, Land allocation
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Real Estate and Construction Management
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-195112OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-195112DiVA: diva2:1044128
Note

QC 20161103

Available from: 2016-11-02 Created: 2016-11-02 Last updated: 2016-11-03Bibliographically approved
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1. Municipal Landownership and Housing in Sweden: Exploring links, supply and possibilities
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Municipal Landownership and Housing in Sweden: Exploring links, supply and possibilities
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis comprises a number of studies, all directed at different linkages between municipal landownership and housing in Sweden. In all, the thesis consists of four papers. Of these, initial Paper I targets the emergence of the municipal landownership that still today are of crucial importance for the Swedish housing market. The main functions of the municipal landownership from the beginning of the 20th century and up until present time are retrospectively investigated and its role within Swedish housing during different times is elaborated upon. Paper II thereafter redirects focus to present time solely, and studies the management of the municipal land from particularly a housing perspective. More concretely, the disposal procedure – or land allocation practice – of the municipal land aimed for housing is investigated empirically, based on current practice in more than 25 municipalities. Paper III builds on preceding Paper II, but with a narrowed focus to a fundamental sequence of the disposal procedure – namely the developer selection. Accordingly, four different assigning methods, all derived from municipal practice, are discerned and their individual strengths and weaknesses are systematically discussed. Lastly, Paper IV attempts to illuminate an often overlooked dimension of the municipal landownership – as a potential and powerful instrument to counter polarizations between different social-groups, within the built environment. Necessary prerequisites in order to enable this are presented and an empirical study investigates whether this, somewhat concealed, potential in the municipal landownership seems to be utilized in practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, 2016. 74 p.
Series
TRITA-FOB, DT-2016:9
Keyword
Landownership, Muncipal landownership, Land allocation, Land development, Land policy, Housing
National Category
Other Civil Engineering
Research subject
Real Estate and Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-195171 (URN)978-91-85783-70-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-12-09, E3, Osquars backe 14, Stockholm, 09:00
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QC 20161103

Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-11-02 Last updated: 2016-11-16Bibliographically approved

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