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Divided City

How urban segregation and social sustainability relates to the built environment and urban form is the core focus within research conducted at the School of Architecture KTH within the research group Spatial Analysis and Design. The main concern is to arrive at a deeper understanding of the critical role urban form plays for social segregation and how architecture and urban design can contribute to a less segregated city. There is a theoretical foundation that provides knowledge of how social processes are influenced by the built environment. Moreover, there are interdisciplinary approaches that in a novel way bridge different academic disciplines contributing to the issue of how urban form relates to social aspects.

The aim of the research project Divided city is to demonstrate and operationalise this urban research in the city of Gothenburg and through that try to bridge research and practice. The city of Gothenburg has initiated the project based on an identified need to address these issues. The School of Architecture, Swedish National Board of Housing, the City of Gothenburg and Mistra Urban Futures intend to explore methods and approaches in studies of the four neighborhoods that are included in the national Urban Development Initiative.

The work is organized around three themes. The first focuses upon spatial analysis foregrounding social aspects and aims to establish which analyses that are relevant within practice as well as applicable taking into account what data is available. More specifically this establishes potentials and constraints of urban environment as a result of the configurative properties. The second theme aims to identify which analyses that can contribute with support as neighborhoods develops and primarily identify those analyses that can reveal what interventions will have a positive influence from a social perspective. The third theme analyzes how the social dimension within urban design is addressed and described in certain key documents and policies. Moreover, it aims to identify those who possible will benefit from the knowledge that this research project can bring.

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News item: How urban space can contribute to less segregation

Photo: Ann Legeby

Publications

  • Summerande reflektioner
    Legeby, A., Berghauser Pont, M., Marcus, L. Dela[d] stad - Stadsbyggande och segregation. 5. Summerande reflektioner. TRITA-ARK Forskningspublikationer 2015:6
    Location:Gothenburg Type:Report/Paper/Working paper/Brief
  • Stadsrumsanalys som designstöd
    Legeby, A., Berghauser Pont, M., Marcus, L. Dela[d] stad - Stadsbyggande och segregation. 4. Stadsrumsanalys som designstöd. TRITA-ARK Forskningspublikationer 2015:5
    Location:Gothenburg Type:Report/Paper/Working paper/Brief
  • Sociala stadsbyggnadsanalyser i Göteborg
    Legeby, A., Berghauser Pont, M., Marcus, L. Dela[d] stad - Stadsbyggande och segregation. 3. Sociala stadsbyggnadsanalyser i Göteborg TRITA-ARK Forskningspublikationer 2015:3
    Location:Gothenburg Type:Report/Paper/Working paper/Brief
  • Metoder: Sociala stadsbyggnadsanalyser
    Legeby, A., Berghauser Pont, M., Marcus, L. Dela[d] stad - Stadsbyggande och segregation. Metoder:sociala stadsbyggnadsanalyser. TRITA-ARK Forskningspublikationer 2015:3
    Location:Gothenburg Type:Report/Paper/Working paper/Brief
  • Perspektiv och utgångspunkter
    Legeby, A., Berghauser Pont, M., Marcus, L. Dela[d] stad - Stadsbyggande och segregation. 1. Perspektiv och utgångspunkter. TRITA-ARK Forskningspublikationer 2015:2
    Location:Gothenburg Type:Report/Paper/Working paper/Brief
  • Streets for co-presence?: Mapping potentials
    Legeby, A. Berghauser Pont, M. Marcus, L. Proceedings of the 10th International Space Syntax Symposium, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture. London, U.K., 2015.
    Location:Gothenburg Type:Conference paper (peer-reviewed)
  • The street: a key component for a less segregated city
    Legeby, A., Berghauser Pont. M. & Marcus, L. Mistra Urban Futures Paper 2014:1. Gothenburg: Mistra Urban Futures, 2014
    Location:Gothenburg Type:Report/Paper/Working paper/Brief
  • The street: a key component for a less segregated city
    Legeby, A., Berghauser Pont, M. & Marcus, L. The Past, the Present and the Futures of the High Street Conference, UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies. London, U.K., 2014
    Location:Gothenburg Type:Conference paper (peer-reviewed)
  • Unjust Urbanities: Spatially reinforcing patterns of segregation
    Olander, C. Master Thesis. Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014
    Location:Gothenburg Type:Academic thesis

Project members

  • Ann Legeby

    Ann Legeby is a researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
     

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  • Meta Berghauser Pont

    Meta Berghauser Pont works as a researcher at KTH School of Architecture within the research group Spatial Analysis and Design. She also works at the School of Architecture in Delft, Netherlands (TUD).

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  • Lars Marcus

    Lars Marcus is an architect and professor in Urban Design at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology and is among other things in charge of the research group Spatial Analysis and Design.

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Micael Nilsson
Mari Tastare

Mari Tastare works as a Planning officer at the City of Gothenburg. She is the process leader for the Innovation Platform in Gothenburg and a project member in the Divided City project.