Setting the Scale of Sustainable Urban Form - Some scale-related problems discussed in the context of a Swedish urban landscape

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Setting the Scale of Sustainable Urban Form - Some scale-related problems discussed in the context of a Swedish urban landscape
Author(s) Kärrholm, Mattias
Date 2008
English abstract
In this paper I will investigate spatial scale as one vital aspect that needs to be more carefully addressed in discussions on ‘sustainable urban forms’. First, I discuss problems of spatial scales in the light of recent urban transformations, focusing on the Malmö-Lund region. Second, I discuss the discourse of ‘sustainable urban forms’, pointing at some scale related problems that need to be more carefully addressed .In the third, and main part of the article, I discuss plans and projects of urban development in Malmö, focusing and elaborating on three tendencies of scale stabilisation: territorial, geometrical and hierarchical. Concluding, I suggest that if we want research on sustainable urban forms to inform us on how to build better urban environments, we need to think of it is as a tool for integrating issues and problems that formerly were specialised or sub-optimized, counteracting splintering urbanism; one foundational issue of such an effort would be a multi-scalar approach that does not handle scale as a pre-given entity.
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note Presented at Conference Architectural Inquiries: Theories, Methods and Strategies in Contemporary Nordic Architectural Research, Gothenburg, April 24-26 2008
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/7274 (link to this page)

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