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Sweden: The life and death and life of great neighbourhood centres
2006 (English)In: Built Environment, ISSN 0263-7960, Vol. 32, no 1, 32-52 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Swedish planning after World War II had many similarities with The Netherlands. In the 1950s planning in general resulted in human scale neighbourhoods and centres. They were planned with the intention of creating pleasant environments that would foster democracy and culture. But during the ten years around 1970, these ideas faded, and the prime objective was to produce one million dwellings in ever larger neighbourhood units, as the retail lobbyists required larger and larger catchment areas.Today, the neighbourhood centres face problems of survival. Many small centres have ceased to be centres for the neighbourhood as the former grocery stores have been replaced by pet shops, dry cleaners etc, with a regional scope. Some large centres, like Vllingby in Stockholm, are subject to massive investment, to enable them to compete on a regional scale; a few, like Rinkeby also in Stockholm, are trying to adjust to the local population needs, in this case with a large proportion of non-native Swedes.

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Oxon, UK: Alexandrine Press , 2006. Vol. 32, no 1, 32-52 p.
Keyword [en]
urban planning, urban design, neighbourhood planning, shopping, new towns, neighbourhood centres
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Cultural Studies Architecture Human Geography Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-49732DOI: 10.2148/benv.32.1.32OAI: diva2:460218
QC 20111130Available from: 2011-11-29 Created: 2011-11-29 Last updated: 2011-11-30Bibliographically approved

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