The flagship concept of the ‘4th urban environment’. Branding and visioning in Malmö, Sweden

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The flagship concept of the ‘4th urban environment’. Branding and visioning in Malmö, Sweden
Author Listerborn, Carina
Date 2017
English abstract
In the process of turning the post-industrial city of Malmö, Sweden, into a knowledge-based, creative city, new urban planning strategies and visions are being developed. An important component of developing the “knowledge city” is the spatial conceptualization for renewal of urban life. One such concept introduced in Malmö is “the 4th urban environment” (det 4.e stadsrummet). In this article, based on critical urban studies, the development, branding, and practice of the 4th urban environment as a strategy to generate a creative economy and knowledge city is critically analyzed as part of a neoliberal planning discourse. The article raises the question, what kind of vision is “the 4th urban environment”? What is it an expression of; what does it mean for planning practice and to urban development? Contextualizing and investigating trends of neoliberal planning ideas are important to an understanding of the social and economic consequences of unequal power relations. The 4th urban environment and its application in Malmö is illustrative of existing neoliberal planning practices in a Nordic context, and in other similar economies with legacies of redistribution policies and longstanding leadership of the Social Democratic Party. This article focuses on what is articulated within discourses that re-present particular notions of space and place, to gain a better understanding of what neoliberal planning does to space.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2016.1264615 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Host/Issue Planning, Theory and Practice;1
Volume 18
ISSN 1464-9357
Pages 11-33
Language eng (iso)
Subject Neoliberal planning
4th urban environment
visioning
city branding
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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