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