Our team visits the highly sustainable Royal Seaport development in Stockholm

To set the stage for the type of sustainable new developments being built in Sweden we kicked off our field research with a tour of Stockholm’s Royal Seaport Development. With the construction of 12,000 new homes and 35,000 new workplaces spread out over 236 hectares it is considered Sweden’s largest urban development. Started up in 2010 by the City of Stockholm, this 20-year long project is broken down into 11 phases with 700-2000 new units per phase. What is interesting about this lengthy phased approach is that it allows planning ideas to be tested, and for planning and construction methods to evolve through two decades of learning and collaboration between architects, developers and the municipality.

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