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Vällingby och kulturarvet: Att bevara och förnya ett centrum
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, History and Theory of Architecture.
2012 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Vällingby and the cultural heritage : Preservation and renewal of a community centre (English)
Abstract [en]

The focus of this case study is the renewal of Vällingby Centre which took place between 2004 and 2008. With its scale, ambition and content, Vällingby represented something completely new in Swedish urban development when the town district came into being in the early 1950s. The community centre also had an important role to play, it not only had a commercial function it also had a social and cultural function. Despite the fact that community centres appeared in great numbers, few of them remain as they once were. Many have undergone major changes including alterations and, quite often rather careless intervention, both with regard to their interior and exterior. New shop types, consumption patterns and increasingly fierce competition are just some of the factors that have led to the original values contained within this area being on the verge of disappearing.

The entire town of Vällingby was nominated in 1987 by the National Heritage Board as a clear and well preserved example of an ABC city with regard to it structure and the planning ideals of the 1950s. An expression of such conservation ambitions signifies, however, a potential conflict situation with other interested parties and areas of interest, not least when it comes to buildings and environments that are for commercial use.

The main purpose of this study is to deal with the renewal of Vällingby centre from a cultural heritage perspective. The first chapter will provide a background as to why Vällingby came about and present a picture of post-war town planning and the emergence of Vällingby Centre; while the second chapter will examine the decision-making process behind the renewal, where Välingby's town centre regeneration offers an interesting example of how areas which are classed as being of national interest are dealt with during the planning process.

Vällingby Centre is an example of one of our modern national interests and of the maintenance and conservation problems post-war developments are associated with. The central parts of the town are also associated with a largely unexplored field of study, despite the increased diversity conservation intentions have received over the past few decades.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2012. , 139 p.
Trita-ARK. Forskningspublikationer, ISSN 1402-7453 ; 2012:2
Keyword [en]
Vällingby centre, Swedish architecture, 20th century, Cultural heritage, Conservation, Restoration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-93484ISBN: 978-91-7501-318-3OAI: diva2:516436
2012-05-22, Seminarierum A4, Arkitekturskolan, Östermalmsgatan 26, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
QC 20120502Available from: 2012-05-02 Created: 2012-04-18 Last updated: 2012-05-02Bibliographically approved

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