The Urban Station Community: Towards a Resource-efficient Transport System

Ranhagen, U. & Gustafsson, A. (2020) The Urban Station Community: Towards a Resource-efficient Transport System, Mistra Urban Futures Report 2020:6

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Report/Paper/Working paper/Brief
Urban station communities
Ulf Ranhagen Anna Gustafsson
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What exactly are urban station communities and why are they important? Throughout 2017, 2018 and 2019, the Urban Station Community knowledge process has discussed and scrutinised the various aspects of the concept together with researchers, practitioners and, on occasion, politicians. Through co-creative processes we have expanded our joint knowl-edge regarding how we can work cross-sectorally to create sustainable communities. The intention of this report is to offer the reader an image of why we are working with urban station communities, why co-creation is both exciting and important to a sustainable future and how we worked within the framework of Mistra Urban Futures in the final phase of the knowledge process .
We see enormous potential in urban station communities and a need to create even better conditions for their planning and design as a vital component of a sustainable built envi-ronment. It is our hope that the toolbox we have developed and applied can continue to be used and that the knowledge process itself can live on through the deepening of co-creative collaborations between practitioners and researchers.
The project’s Steering Group has been drawn from the Gothenburg Region, the County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland, Mistra Urban Futures, the Swedish Transport Administration and Region Västra Götaland. In addition to the above organisations, the municipalities of Ale, Borås, Gothenburg, Halmstad, Härryda, Kungälv, Lerum, Partille, Stenungsund, Trollhättan and Varberg have also participated in the project. It is with the help of and thanks to all of these partners that the Urban Station Community has been able to develop to the extent it has. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the municipal officials, researchers and other stakeholders who have participated in our activi-ties with boundless commitment and enthusiasm.

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