The future is already here, it's just not fairly distributed

The project Interplace has written a book, The future is already here. The book deepens and expands the knowledge and perspective about how the city’s residents can become more involved in how their city should be developed.

How the community is built as well as resident's role in planning and urban development is changing. Dialogues with residents are seen as increasingly important and the view of citizen participation has developed. City officials at different levels and from different departments share the responsibility to carry out dialogues with residents. Their work is to find a balance between control and openness.

Power and dialogue

The projects twelve members have all written about dialogue and its locations and forms based on two districts in Gothenburg, Sweden namely Hammarkullen and Backa. The book covers topics as power and dialogue, co-design, the politics of dialogue and the planner’s new role. The book is written for everyone working with and is interested in urban development and democracy. The book will hopefully provide new and interesting insights that can be useful in the work to develop inclusive and sustainable cities.

About Interplace

Interplace is a research project that has been working with the question of how residents can become co-creators in the city's development. The project has been associated to Mistra Urban Futures and the partners in the project were the Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg and Region Västra Götaland. The project was administrated by the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, GMV and has been financed by the Swedish Research Council Formas. The project started on 1 January 2011 and ends on 31 March 2013. Read more about the project.


The result consists in addition to the book The future is already here of a number of research articles as well as a final conference that was held on February 27, 2013. The book is only available in Swedish.


Contact Jenny Stenberg, Chalmers Architecture, Project Manager,



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