Decode - Design for Conflicting Desires

Senast ändrad: 04 april 2023

Sweden is facing an acute housing challenge – it must double the number of houses built annually by 2025. Decode meets this challenge by developing services for guiding urban development based on cross-sectoral collaboration between different divisions within municipalities, private sector and academia, and wherein citizens and local actors engage actively.

The aim of the project was to create a platform for sustainable urban development through an inclusive and efficient development process. Decode’s main contribution is to facilitate collaborative processes that contribute to a division of power which can handle conflicting interests, and build innovative thinking collaboratively.

Decode contributed to four aspects of sustainable urban planning:

  1. Process steering – developing new ways for how urban development processes can be systematically steered through cross-sectoral collaboration;
  2. Inclusion - as a democratic tool for taking account of citizens’ and local actors’ interests;
  3. Costs - efficient and qualitative guidance for planning that promotes shorter lead times and reduced costs; 
  4. Sustainability - constructive processes and methods for reaching sustainability goals.

The services developed are designed to be utilised within the framework of Citylab - a national forum for sharing knowledge about sustainable development. They are also  freely available to municipalities, developers, etc., with certain pre-conditions.

The Decode project team is comprised of a unique combination of expertise. The project was headed by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden Green Building Council and Tyréns, in close collaboration with:

  • five partners from academia - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Göteborg Research Institute, Score, Stockholm University, and Södertörns Högskola;
  • two national authorities – Boverket and Statens konstråd; and
  • eight local urban development projects/municipalities - Järfälla kommun, Norrtälje kommun, Sorsele kommun, Stockholms Stad, Täby kommun, Upplands Väsby kommun, Uppsala kommun and Älvstranden utveckling AB.