The compact city of the North – functions, challenges and planning strategies

The aim with this project is to increase the knowledge on city center development strategies in the Nordics, and especially concerning small and medium sized cities.

Today, the city center is supposed to be an attractive and inclusive public space, an attractive location for commercial and public services, and an attractive location to live in. To fully achieve all these ambition can be difficult – if not impossible – and learning more about possible strategies is useful for Nordic planning practice. The aim with the project is also to investigate the relation between discourse and practice when it comes to urbanization through planning. This means approaching themes such as: small-scale inner-city shopping versus external shopping centers, types of new housing being developed and contemporary urban design of public spaces.