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Architect and Developer Partner to Build Affordable Prefab Housing in Sweden

March 5, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Prefab Housing in Sweden

In this month’s issue of Monocle magazine they profile an interesting prefabricated and affordable housing project in Knivsta, Sweden. The way it was built is quite simple. The modular housing units were fabricated off-site and then inserted on-site into a prefabricated concrete frame.[read more]

Mining Company to Fund the Relocation of an Entire City: New Kiruna, Sweden

December 3, 2014 by The Global Grid

Populations and Relocations

In the northern part of Sweden, on the Arctic Circle, there is a city threatened to extinction by the pressures of mining operations. This city is Kiruna, and its foundations could indeed collapse thanks to the greatest iron deposits in the world.[read more]

Sweden Recycling 99% of its Garbage - Really? [VIDEO]

September 10, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Sweden and Recycling

For years, I’ve told people that “reduce, reuse, recycle” is more than an alliterative phrase; it’s also a hierarchy for how to deal with waste. Repurposing, upcycling, and recycling are all great practices that we want to encourage… but, first, we should focus on reducing the amount of waste we create.[read more]

Politics for Ecosystems and Biodiversity

February 23, 2013 by Sturle Hauge Simonsen

In Sweden, a commission has been appointed to suggest measures to make the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services known in Swedish society at all levels, national, regional and local.[read more]

Replacing Industry with Sustainable Architecture & Housing in Stockholm

January 28, 2013 by Polis International

"Sustainable architecture and urban development can never be solely technical issues or be reduced to a matter of points on a certification scale, but need to begin with fundamental social issues: How are we to live together and how can architecture and the city create best possible conditions?"[read more]

The Top Landscape & Architecture Posts of 2011

January 3, 2012 by Polis International

In selecting our list of the 10 best works of architecture and landscape architecture in 2011, we at Polis have settled on works that highlight a number of issues dear to us. This was a year of social change, a sputtering economy and fewer big projects — one in which design was decidedly not the only issue. Some of the projects on the...[read more]

Smart growth requires more than transportation thinking

April 8, 2011 by Kaid Benfield

  I’ve been a bit of a one-man band over the last 2-3 years, arguing that we need a second generation of smart growth theory that goes beyond thinking about land use patterns per se.  We now know from tons of research that smart land use patterns – neighborhoods that are compact, well-located, walkable and transit-served – are...[read more]

Sustainable Improvements

August 13, 2009 by Joakim Kaminsky

How can an old building be made more sustainable? Ylva Frid and KKA made some proposals for the city museum in Gothenburg.The building is located in the oldest part of Gothenburg. It was there before oil became the base of production and transportation and will be there long after. Its installations and technical systems has been...[read more]