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Nordic Experiences of Sustainable Planning

Policy and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir


324 pages | 48 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editor

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

About the Series

Urban Planning and Environment

Urban Planning and Environment
Maintaining and enhancing living conditions in cities through a combination of physical planning and environmental management is a newly emerging focus of governments around the world. For example, local governments seek to insulate sensitive land uses such as residential areas from environmentally intrusive activities such as major transport facilities and manufacturing. Regional governments protect water quality and natural habitat by enforcing pollution controls and regulating the location of growth. Some national governments fund acquisition of strategically important sites, facilitate the renewal of brown fields, and even develop integrated environmental quality plans. The aim of this series is to share information on experiments and best practices of governments at several levels. These empirically-based studies present and critically assess a variety of initiatives to improve environmental quality. Although institutional and cultural contexts vary, lessons from one commonly can provide useful ideas to other communities. Each of the contributions are independently peer reviewed, and are intended to be helpful to professional planners and environmental managers, elected officials, representatives of NGOs, and researchers seeking improved ways to resolve environmental problems in urban areas and to foster sustainable urban development.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning