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The Vallastaden model: alternative urban governance and energy system designs
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 000-003-3636-081X
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2019 (English)In: eceee Summer Study Proceedings 2019, 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In 2017, the new city district Vallastaden hosted an urban planning and housing exhibition to show the innovative and sustainable results of “the Vallastaden model”, a cross-sectoral governance concept and energy system designed at local level in Sweden.The concept cut across sectors such as energy, housing, transport and local businesses. One of the core features of the concept was quality criteria-based land sale. These quality criteria included alternative energy systems such as the design of passive and plus-energy housing, design diversity and renewable construction material, e.g. timber frames.

This research analyses energy relevant European Union Directives as implemented at local level: the alternative urban governance concept “the Vallastaden model” and resulting diversity and alternative energy designs. Research questions are: how was alternative urban governance possible and how was the “Vallastaden” concept implemented?

The research is a detailed case study, based on an analysis of public documents from the local council, interviews with stakeholders and field observations. The results show how for several years the concept was part of the political processes at local level, publicly debated and in focus during post-election periods, but survived and was eventually embraced by several political parties along the left-right scale.

The implementation followed one of the core ideas of the concept: Diversity in architectural design and design of energy systems as well as housing tenure. In contrast to the visible diversity “above ground”, the underground energy system has one single designer: the local publicly owned energy company, which implemented an innovative infrastructure culvert for all basic energy services.

The conclusion is that, under the pressure of joint challenges such as housing shortages, local economic constraints and low-emission carbon goals, alternative urban governance concepts can emerge which provide long-term commitments and joint efforts across sectors and political party agendas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-157160ISBN: 978-91-983878-4-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-157160DiVA, id: diva2:1319254
Conference
eceee Summer Study, Presqu'île de Giens, France, 3–8 June 2019
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency, 46229-1Available from: 2019-05-30 Created: 2019-05-30 Last updated: 2019-06-12Bibliographically approved

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