1st Edition

Nordic Experiences of Sustainable Planning Policy and Practice

Edited By Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir Copyright 2018
    324 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    324 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    For well over a decade, there has been a drive towards sustainability in planning throughout the Nordic countries. But are these countries experiencing a paradigm shift in planning research and practice with regards to sustainability? Or is the sustainability discourse leading them into an impasse in planning?

    This book includes overviews of the planning systems in the five Nordic countries, drawing attention to their increasing focus on sustainability. A leading team of scholars from the fields of planning, urban design, architecture, landscape, economics, real estate and tourism explore how the notion of sustainability has shaped planning research in the Nordic countries. Case studies from Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark shed light on what lessons can be learned and some possible future developments. By focusing on the actual settings and practices of local and regional planning activities, it enables a discussion on the current state of planning for a more sustainable future.

    This book will be valuable reading for students and academics interested in planning policy, environmental policy, architecture and urban design work.

    Part I: Setting the Scene

    1. Introduction: The Planning Pyramid

    Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir

    2. Enduring the Neo-liberal Rollercoaster: Resilience or Sustainability as Planning Theory's Response?

    Tore Sager

    Part II: Nature and Economy

    3. The Physical Frame of Planning

    Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir

    4. Co-Management in Environmental Planning: An Alternative to the Precautionary Principle

    Arvid Viken and Torill Nyseth

    5. Cycles in Housing Markets, Policy and Finance

    Lúðvík Elíasson

    Part III: Government and Regulations

    6. The Planning System and Practice in Norway

    Eva Irene Falleth and Berit Irene Nordahl

    7. The New DNA of Danish Spatial Planning Culture: The Case of Regional Planning

    Carsten Jahn Hansen

    8. The History of Swedish Planning

    Kristina L. Nilsson

    9. Icelandic Planning: Milestones of Sustainability

    Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir

    10. Balancing between Efficiency and Sustainability: Discourses on the Finnish Land-use Planning System

    Hanna Mattila

    Part IV: Built Environment

    11. How Does the Carbon-neutral Settlement of Brøset Contribute to a New Paradigm in Planning the Urban Fabric?

    Dag Kittang

    12. Suburb in Limbo: From an Idea Conceived in an Economic Boom and Realised During a Crisis: A Case Study of a Reykjavik Suburb

    Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir

    13. Three Restricted Developer Competitions: Experiences from Sweden

    Magnus Rönn

    Part V: Liveable Community

    14. The Finnish Local Government Reform: Juxtaposing Cost Structures and Centre-periphery Relations of Municipalities in Urban Regions

    Raine Mäntysalo, Olavi Kallio, Petteri Niemi, Jarmo Vakkuri and Jari Tammi

    15. Rebound Effects for Reduced Car Ownership and Driving

    Juudit Ottelin, Jukka Heinonen and Seppo Junnila

    16. When Planners Aim for More Sustainable Cities: Lessons from Scandinavia

    Enza Lissandrello

    Part VI: Future Scenarios

    17. Urbanity as a Strategic Aim: Will the Nordic Cities be Sustainable in 2030?

    Johanna Lilius

    18. Discussion and Conclusions

    Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir

    Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir


    Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the Agricultural University of Iceland.