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The development of a sustainable urban district in Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm, Sweden?
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Ecology.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Ecology.
2011 (English)In: Environment, Development and Sustainability, ISSN 1387-585X, E-ISSN 1573-2975, Vol. 13, no 6, 1043-1064 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

By 2012, Hammarby Sjöstad, a former large industrial harbor area in southern Stockholm, Sweden, will be a fully developed residential district containing approximately 11,000 apartments and accommodating 35,000 people. The transformation of the area began in 1996, and the development soon became renowned for its ambitious environmental program, inspired by Agenda 21 (United Nations in Rio declaration on environment and development. United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Rio de Janeiro, 1992) and the Sydney 2000 Olympics in Australia (Newman in Landsc Urban Plan 44:219-226, 1999). Using results based on literature reviews, in-depth interviews, discussions with focus groups, and quantitative data, this paper attempts to gain insight into how the environmental program influenced the planning and performance of the district with regard to sustainable urban development. In doing so, three important conclusions were maintained that could be valuable for similar projects concerning the planning and development of sustainable urban districts. First, the environmental program proved vital to the development process of Hammarby Sjöstad, specifically in its drive to create a sustainable urban district. When planning on improving the sustainability of future districts, such a program should be introduced and integrated earlier in the planning stage of the district. Second, the metabolic flows of Hammarby Sjöstad were reduced as a result of the integrated system-the Hammarby Model-of Hammarby Sjöstad. In order to reduce the metabolic flows in future urban districts even further, it is important to facilitate the integration of technical innovations into existing integrated systems. Third, this case study showed that there was a loss of valid and credible data related to the aims and goals of the environmental program of Hammarby Sjöstad. In future urban districts, it is of the utmost importance to include a clear structure of the assessment process in the environmental program, which would ensure the quality of gathered data and facilitate the development of even better sustainable urban districts in the future.

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Germany: Springer, 2011. Vol. 13, no 6, 1043-1064 p.
Keyword [en]
Case study; Metabolism; Sustainability; Urban planning
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-72020DOI: 10.1007/s10668-011-9304-xScopus ID: 2-s2.0-80054034692OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-72020DiVA: diva2:487153
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QC 20120131Available from: 2012-01-31 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
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1. Industrial ecology for sustainableurban development- the case of Hammarby Sjöstad
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Industrial ecology for sustainableurban development- the case of Hammarby Sjöstad
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today, more than half the world’s population lives in cities largely dependent on resources and ecosystem services from outside their physical boundaries. Correspondingly, urban resource needs and waste generation have serious worldwide ecological consequences, and urban areas have become a primary driver of environmental change. In response, various sustainable urban developments have been initiated worldwide. Quite a few of these rely on strategies giving urban areas the characteristics of ecosystems, i.e., fostering urban symbiosis by integrating infrastructural systems to optimise the environmental performance of the system as a whole.

Whether or not the strategy of urban symbiosis actually contributes to sustainable urban development is, however, debated. It may support only short-term system optimisation, hindering the implementation of new technology crucial for the longterm environmental improvement of society, as that might require no symbiosis but substitution. Or it might actually support a complete transition to sustainable urban development.

Consequently, this thesis explores the research question “How can urban symbiosis contribute to sustainable urban development?” using the implementation of urban symbiosis strategies in Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm, Sweden, as a single-case study. The choice of a single-case study approach was an attractive approach as the sustainable development strategy implemented in Hammarby Sjöstad was clear and consistent: the approach aimed at sustainable urban development by using innovative technical solutions such as urban symbiosis, and not by changing the behaviour of the inhabitants of the district. This fortuitous “natural experiment” was useful, as strategies for sustainable development are often difficult to evaluate since they are often not very clearly or consistently applied.

Using results based on literature reviews, in-depth interviews, discussions with focus groups, and quantitative data, this thesis concludes that urban symbiosis strategies do not directly respond to path dependence, and that such strategies are as dependent on radical behavioural change as are transition management strategies. In addition, urban symbiosis strategies can optimise existing infrastructural systems and advance the planning of the sustainable urban district.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. xii, 75 p.
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TRITA-IM, ISSN 1402-7615 ; 2014:01
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Other Civil Engineering
Research subject
Industrial Ecology
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-145150 (URN)
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2014-06-02, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2014-05-14 Created: 2014-05-12 Last updated: 2014-05-14Bibliographically approved

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