The dream of social planning that counteracts segregation 

Those of us who work with sustainability issues have for a long time heard that - "we have to work more across sectors!" Still, it is often extremely difficult to get it to work in practice. But now the management for social and built environment in the Gothenburg region have actually begun working together in a joint social sustainability task force. Why? Because they claim that it is not possible to address the municipalities' complex challenges with increased housing segregation and differences in living conditions, each in their respective missions. 

We are far from a socially sustainable society, characterized by cohesion, trust and inclusion, which we would like to talk about in our visions. At the moment, it is often claimed that there are no tools in the planning process to prevent us from going in a socially unsustainable direction. Every now and then a construction of a building is stopped because protective species are being threatened, but no-one will press on the stop button for a building that contributes to housing segregation. 

Knowledge overview

Within the project Socially sustainable urban planning and development a knowledge overview has been developed. The knowledge overview maps the state of art and experiences, methods and tools within the urban and transport planning field, nationally in Sweden and internationally, though a literature overview and interviews with different stakeholders. 

Read more about the project and find the full-length article in Swedish here.