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WHAT URBAN DESIGN MEANS TO US

Urban Places

THE CITY´S PUBLIC SPACES

The city’s streets, squares, parks and in-between spaces work best when they are a common resource, accessible, attractive and inclusive for us all. They provide an important public function that is worth strengthening and developing. Today we see all too often the encroachment of these spaces in the hunt for valuable property to develop by private interests, and as a result, valuable places for physical activity, recreation and socializing are pushed out. Public squares are occupied by commercial functions and become a kind of mono-cultural cityscape, tailored for one kind of activity and one kind of citizen.

We believe that the mixing of diverse functions can in fact strengthen one another, rather than compete – a synergistic reaction in which 1+1=3. In the quest for resource effective solutions, economic constraints and collaboration, the creation of URBAN PLACES a strategy that gives more value to more people. This is true in the large scale (strategic planning and early phase development), as well as in specific projects in which a park bench or sport field can be the deciding factor for success. In our vision, the city is a pulsating field filled with these possibilities.

SERVICES

Urban planning

Urban analysis

Developmental planning

Strategic planning-process support

Feasibility studies

Architecture

Urban Systems

THE ENABLING POTENTIAL OF THE CITY’S INFRASTRUCTURE

The flows of heat, electricity, water and waste are the metabolism of the city. We are specialists in architecture that enables cities to work through the designing of these essential systems and the buildings and structures necessary to support them. Within URBAN SYSTEMS we link technical knowledge with analytical rigor and architectural values – in the interface between technology, humans and urban space.

Infrastructure must adapt to change, unpredictability and a growing population. Often, they cannot be concealed, but rather become significant parts of our urban environment. We see these factors as potentials, if used consciously and strategically. In this way they can create added value to our common spaces, contributing to dynamic meetings between varied functions and needs in the cityscape.

SERVICES

Feasibility studies

Program phase

Architecture

Advanced 3-D services

Strategic planning-process support

Digital analytical modelling

3-D printing

Visualisation

Project management

Urban Hubs

BUILDINGS WHERE WE LIVE, WORK, MEET AND EXCHANGE IDEAS

Many of the city’s most vital buildings are social spaces that enable participation. We call these places URBAN HUBS. Characteristic for them is that they link different functions in our daily life – everything from work to education, recreation, private and public activities can be a part of the mix. To define a building as an URBAN HUB gives us new perspectives on the role the building has to play, both within and in its exchange with the city environment it is a part of. Understanding the context and the participants is essential for a hub to work. It can be designed and filled with functions for a specific group in mind, or broader in its ambitions and scope. Each hub is a unique mix of uses and possibilities for exchange – a one-off recipe and an architectural expression that comes from it.

SERVICES

Architecture

Interior Architecture

Property Development

Strategic Planning

Program Phase

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  • Yesterday we, together with Skanska, got the land allocation for Solberga in Västberga!

  • Värtaverket is highlighted in yet another article on ArchDaily!  

  • Värtaverket is mentioned in an article on Archdaily!

  • On the 4th of October, the seminar “Den Mäktiga Medborgaren” (“The Mighty Citizen”) was held in the Hallonbergen center, a collaboration between Urban Design, RISE, Balder, Cairo’s Future, Elin Strand Ruin and Marabouparken. Here is a short film from the exciting afternoon!

  • On the 21th of January, we were on Planerardagen 2020, arranged by Sveriges Arkitekter. An interesting observation is that the focus of the debate is now shifting from housing construction to urban environments, ecology, dialogue processes and economic sustainability. We live in the tides of...

  • Read our latest newsletter. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • On Tuesday we will do a follow-up on our seminar “Form Follows Energy” in the form of a lecture at the Täby Municipality

  • Read an interview with Michael, Alessandra and Maja as a part of our participation in the international apprenticeship program – Baumeister Academy. We talk about our company, the state of architecture, Stockholm’s present challenges and the life of an architect.

  • Read about Nyréns interesting project – Årstabergsparken, where our pumping station for district heating works as the structure for a new playground and football field. We like collaborations!

  • During the day we will be cohosts for the seminar – The Mighty Citizen, which will include lectures, discussion and workshops connected to the themes of democracy, power and citizen engagement. The Mighty Citizen is a collaborative project done together with Balder, Kairos Future, Urban...

  • Read this nicely written article about the KVV8 power plant in the latest number of Ljuskultur, nr 4.

  • We have been happy to share our knowledge of the 3-D Computational design program – Grasshopper with the artist Saar Rombout presently at the Stockholm University of the Arts. In exchange we learned about Saar’s approach to the body in movement and how that can...

  • Come to our breakfast seminar arranged together with ElectriCity! An invitation will be included in our next newsletter. Keep posted!

  • “Vem ska göra jobbet?” Interesting report to be presented at ArkDes on the roll and influence of architects. Hope to see you there!

  • We are happy to welcome our new apprentice, Tilda! She has recently completed her candidate degree at KTH.

  • Erik and Helena are representing UD at Almedalen. Please contact them if you want to meet them there. Klick here to read the program for the Architecture Garden.

  • Read our latest newsletter. Have a great summer!

  • We took the train to Hamburg. Read about our trip here.