The Scaling of Sustainable Urban Form: A Case of Scale-related Issues and Sustainable Planning in Malmö, Sweden

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The Scaling of Sustainable Urban Form: A Case of Scale-related Issues and Sustainable Planning in Malmö, Sweden
Author(s) Kärrholm, Mattias
Date 2011
English abstract
In this article I investigate spatial scale as an aspect that needs to be more carefully addressed in the discussion and planning of ‘sustainable urban forms’. Focusing on the Malmö-Lund region in Sweden, I discuss problems of scale as related to the new take on sustainability in Malmö planning documents, especially the update of the Malmö comprehensive plan from 2005. The paper is divided into three sections. First, I discuss the concept and problem of spatial scale, contextualising it in theory as well as in recent discussions on urban transformations. Second, I briefly discuss the discourse of sustainable urban forms, pointing out some scale-related issues that need to be more carefully addressed. In the third and main section of the article, I investigate plans and projects for urban development in Malmö, focusing and elaborating on spatial scale and discussing the findings in terms of three kinds of scale stabilisation: in terms of territory, size and hierarchy. The article concludes with a call for further work for the possibilities of a more dynamic and multi-scalar approach in urban planning.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2011.530394 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue European Planning Studies;1
Volume 19
ISSN 0965-4313
Pages 97-112
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Spatial planning
urban form
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY::Civil engineering and architecture::Architecture and architectural conservation and restoration::Architecture
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/11458 (link to this page)

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