1st Edition

Sustainable Stockholm Exploring Urban Sustainability in Europe’s Greenest City

Edited By Jonathan Metzger, Amy Rader Olsson Copyright 2013
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Sustainable Stockholm provides a historical overview of Stockholm’s environmental development, and also discusses a number of cross-disciplinary themes presenting the urban sustainability work behind Stockholm’s unique position, and importantly the question of how well Stockholm’s practices can be exported and transposed to other places and contexts.

    By using the case of Stockholm as the pivot of discussions, Sustainable Stockholm investigates the core issues of sustainable urban environmental development and planning, in all their entanglements. The book shows how intersecting fields such as urban planning and architecture, traffic planning, land-use regulation, building, waste management, regional development, water management, infrastructure engineering—together and in combination—have contributed to making Stockholm Europe’s "greenest" city.

    Introduction: The Greenest City?
    Jonathan Metzger and Amy Rader Olsson
    From ugly duckling to Europe's first green capital: a historical perspective on the development of Stockholm's urban environment
    Björn Hårsman and Bo Wijkmark
    Using the concept of sustainability to work: interpretations in academia, policy, and planning
    Ulrika Gunnarsson-Östling, Karin Edvardsson Björnberg, and Göran Finnveden
    A Sustainable Urban Fabric: The development and application of Analytical Urban Design Theory
    Lars Marcus, Berit Balfors, and Tigran Haas
    Sustainable urban flows and networks: theoretical and practical aspects of infrastructure development and planning
    Folke Snickars, Lars-Göran Mattsson, and Bo Olofsson
    The Economics of Green Buildings
    Hans Lind, Magnus Bonde, and Agnieszka Zalejska-Jonsson
    Performing sustainability: institutions, inertia and the practices of everyday life
    Ebba Högström, Josefin Wangel, and Greger Henriksson
    From Eco-Modernizing to Political Ecologizing: Future challenges for the Green Capital
    Karin Bradley, Anna Hult, and Göran Cars
    Urban sustainable development the Stockholm way
    Amy Rader Olsson and Jonathan Metzger


    Jonathan Metzger is assistant professor of Urban & Regional Studies at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at KTH/ Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He has a background as a practitioner in the urban policy field, both within a Swedish and European context.

    Amy Rader Olsson is a researcher at the Division of Urban and Regional Studies, School of Architecture and the Built Environment and with the Center for Sustainable Built Environments at KTH/Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. She has a background as a consultant in Swedish and international urban policy.

    "A treasure trove of insights into the history and policies that created Europe’s first green capital. And a must-read for those shaping our cities of the future."

    --Graham Floater, EGC Director and Principal Research Fellow, London School of Economics

    "As cities increasingly begin to be seen as solutions rather than problems in the search for sustainable ways of living this book provides a fascinating and stimulating analysis of how Stockholm achieved its status as 'Europe's Greenest City'. The approach taken provides new ways of relating knowledge across disciplinary boundaries and bridging the academic-policy divide to come up with a critical guide to sustainable urban living."

    --Philip Allmendinger, Head of Department and Professor of Land Economy, Cambridge University

    “The volume is an illuminating critical analysis of Stockholm’s highly-awarded sustainable urban environmental development strategies. The authors present a unified set of theoretically-grounded, keenly-observed and multidisciplinary studies which reveal several lacunae in what is regarded as international best practice. The concluding strategic questions should be considered by urban scholars and practitioners in every city where urban sustainable development is on the agenda.”

    --Jean Hillier, Discipline Leader and Chair, Sustainability and Urban Planning, RMIT University Melbourne

    “For anyone who wants to understand the critical role of Stockholm in advancing urban sustainability this book is essential reading.  With its wide disciplinary coverage and clear historical perspective this collection of essays provides new insights into environmental policy making.”

    --Matthew Gandy, Professor of Geography at University College London and was director of the UCL Urban Laboratory from 2005-2011