In this article, Jonas Törnblom discusses the unique way in which major urban development projects are governed in Sweden and calls for smarter approaches to planning and managing today’s cities using innovative waste policy functions, which replace traditional manual methods of collecting waste with sustainable fully automated waste collection systems that use an underground pipe network.
Sweden has produced some of the most renowned and visited examples of sustainable urban development in the world.
For example Hammarby Sjöstad, a flagship model for sustainable development located in Stockholm, has attracted worldwide attention for its innovate approach to sustainable planning. In fact, the Swedish government’s vision of a ‘perfect’ district now welcomes over 10,000 people each year including architects, politicians and urban developers, all looking to establish how the lessons learnt from Hammarby can be applied to their own individual developments and countries.
Similarly, Gothenburg’s Norra Älvstranden (Northern Riverside) has been transformed from a shipbuilding yard of the 1970s to an attractive modern urban district. Malmo’s Western Harbour is also heralded as a paragon of sustainable living and working.