3K – New sustainable city districts

The Swedish Delegation for Sustainable Cities has granted funds to in total nine investment projects in Sweden, three of which are located in the Gothenburg region on the west coast of Sweden. The projects Kvillebäcken, Krokslätt and Kongahälla have together received 70 million SEK for the period 2012-2014. In all three areas new buildings that are energy efficient will be built and focus is on all three aspects of sustainability, social, economic and ecological sustainability.

Learning from others

The formative evaluation will map the results that have been reached due to the support from the Swedish Delegation for Sustainable Cities. Implementation and project management will be studied as well as strategies and goals. Sustainability in three dimensions and the image of sustainability is also on the agenda. The aim is to learn from these three projects so that other similar projects in the future can become even more successful.

About formative evaluation

Formative evaluation is a method that studies projects or processes and gives constructive feedback continuously to the project leaders whilst the project still is ongoing. This way the formative evaluation helps the project to develop. Tools such as studying documents and the external communication of the project, conducting interviews, observations are used.

Short descriptions about the projects studied

All three projects are developing new neighborhoods and buildings that are energy efficient. All projects focus on all three aspects of sustainable urban development, namely social, economic and environmental aspects.

Kvillebäcken in Gothenburg

The area is centrally located in the city, and seven contractors are involved. 1600 apartments are planned between the years 2011-2018. The goals in Kvillebäcken are for example reduced CO2-emissions, increased use of public transport and becoming an attractive urban area.

Krokslätt in Mölndal

250 privately owned apartments are planned by the company Husvärden in the former weaving mill in Krokslätt. The goal is to contribute to an urban future by sustainable densification, and create harmony between old and new buildings and functions.

Kongahälla in Kungälv

A new district in the city centre, initiated by the municipality and the energy company Kunälvs Energi, in collaboration with several actors. 900 apartments will be built between2010-2017. Kongahälla will deliver more energy than the district will consume.

Illustrations Kongahälla: Metro and White


Brorström, S. (2014). Hållbara Kvillebäcken: En studie om innovativa lösningar. (Mistra Urban Futures Paper 2014:2). Gothenburg: Mistra Urban Futures.
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