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Sustainable Stockholm
Exploring Urban Sustainability in Europe’s Greenest City

ISBN 9780415622134
Published July 31, 2013 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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