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From expressways to boulevards: The compared conditions for boulevardisation in Stockholm and Helsinki
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Från trafikleder till stadsboulevarder : En jämförelse av förutsättningarna för boulevardisering i Stockholm och Helsingfors (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

At the end of 2014 Helsinki planning department published the draft of their new general plan. It includes an initiative to convert several of its major roads from expressways to urban boulevards, in order to utilize this central land for development of housing and workplaces. Such a large scale initiative is bound to result in much accumulated experience and knowledge about this topic which other cities could learn from. In Stockholm projects to utilize land along roads has occurred but none has yet been at the scale of motorways. Considering the extreme housing shortage in the region it can be assumed that there would be an interest in Stockholm to learn from experiences in Helsinki.

However, planning experiences can often be quite case specific; not always translatable from one project to another. Different cities will have different conditions. The main objective of this research is therefore to investigate the similarities and differences in the conditions for boulevardisation in Stockholm and Helsinki. Factors considered are laws, regional and national regulations, political and public opinion and physical circumstances such as structure of development and transport networks. The investigation is done through examinations of plan documents, statistics and through case studies of three projects. One of the projects is the boulevardisation project of Helsinki. The other two cases are projects in two different municipalities of Stockholm county in which the possibilities for conversion have been investigated by planners.

The conclusions present several similarities and differences between conditions for boulevardisation in Stockholm and Helsinki. Some of the differences are favorable to Stockholm and some to Helsinki. Some of the conclusions suggest the need for the county to have a larger role in a boulevardisation project on a similar scale as the one in Helsinki.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 66 p.
SoM EX, 2015-12
Keyword [en]
boulevardisation, case study, Stockholm, Helsinki, urban planning
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-169572OAI: diva2:822509
Subject / course
Urban and Regional Planning
Educational program
Degree of Master - Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
Available from: 2015-08-12 Created: 2015-06-16 Last updated: 2015-08-12Bibliographically approved

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