Planeraren och hållbarheten En fallstudie av mål och verktyg i Väsby Sjöstad
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The main purpose of this essay is to illustrate how the concept of sustainability is being interpreted within urban planning. The object chosen is Väsby Sjöstad, a planned waterfront district in the municipality of Upplands Väsby in the northern part of the Stockholm metropolitan area. The visions for the new neighborhood are clearly oriented on sustainable development. To set even higher standards on preparatory investigations and plans, the project has gained financial support by the Swedish government through the delegation for Sustainable Cities.
The empirical study is based upon the plan proposal itself as wells as on interviews with one highly involved planner and with a representative from the delegation mentioned above. The study considers the ecological, economic and social dimensions in an attempt to describe what guidelines there are on the field, how these are being interpreted locally and by what means these turn into practical methods. Generally and due to their relative measurability the ecological and economic dimensions seem to get more room, while the more intangible social aspects are often set aside. When applying for the governmental financial support priority lays on the ecological part, yet a wide approach covering all dimensions is considered to be vital in the work towards sustainable urban planning.
In Väsby Sjöstad physical planning is used to i.e. enable efficient public transports. The blocks will be of high density to ensure walkability, improve safety and make efficient energy systems possible. It seems important to draw clear borders between private and public spaces as well as making surrounding greenery accessible. To reach common ground in a project like this, emphasis is put on public engagement, involvement of estate owners, investors and builders – the sooner the better.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 27 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-24830OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-24830DiVA: diva2:353497