Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New city plan "a departure from modernism"

STOCKHOLM. Last night the City Council in the Swedish capital Stockholm approved the new comprehensive plan setting up strategies for the city’s development in the next decade.
Kristina Alvendal, the ruling liberal-conservative coalition’s vice mayor for city planning, called the plan a return to “classic European urban planning”.
“This plan marks a departure from the modernist urban planning. We are creating the walkable city. The different parts of the city will be linked together”, said Kristina Alvendal (left) as she presented the ruling majority’s proposal.
The opposition from the left accused the majority of having “politicized” the comprehensive plan, but didn’t make a clear case in explaining that.
Last week I presented some of the main parts of the new plan in a series of reports that you can find here, here and here.
The plan is seen as an attempt to combine expansive growth with modern urbanity. The city itself is expected to grow from 800,000 residents to one million in the next 20 years. The Stockholm region is also expecting rapid growth.
The city will grow through densification, with new developments under way on old port and industrial sites as well as in a number of suburban nodes with good public transportation.

Photo of Kristina Alvendal: © Peter Knutson

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