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Uggledal, Göteborg - Comprehensive Plan

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Place Göteborg
Country Sweden
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Author(s) Andrew Butler
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Rationale: Why is this case study interesting?

The case study looks at the development of local forums for public participation in the process of detail planning and design within a new housing area, allowing an interchange of knowledge which facilitates improves outcomes. The project also illustrates how the “landscape” can function as an arena and focus points for communications relating to balancing growth issues with public needs.

Author's perspective

I come to this case study in the start of my PhD education. The subject I have chosen to study for the next 4 years relates to the inclusion of public perception within the analysis of the urban fringe landscape, this is mirrored in my case study Over the subsequent 10 years I have studied and worked as a landscape architect and landscape planner, focusing on landscape analysis and trying to understand the multi faceted entity that is landscape and the meanings and values attached to ‘landscape’

Göteborg, Sweden’s second largest city with a population of 494 806 (Statistiska centralbyrån), lies on the country’s west coast. Uggledal is situated in the south of the kommun forming an easily accessible suburb to the city. The area is comprised of new housing situated between the coast and the abrupt granite hills which dominate this area of Västra Gotaland county. It has been described by recent developers as “Housing area in harmony with nature”

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Core Questions Working Group Public Space and Civic Identity

Who was involved in the participation process?

For the development of Uggledal the preservation of the areas “green qualities” was considered of significant value, along with ecological integration and sustainable development practices. Early in the process consultation between municipal authorities and residents and actors to provide an exchange of knowledge and views, leading to a deeper understanding of the site and its issues. Future residents were represented by among others; current residents, planners, and the property developer, The green issues were represented by local residents’ groups, architects and other experts. Future requirements and locations which were too valuable to be built on where identified by womens groups and school groups already residing in the area.

It was viewed that the input from local men was not needed as their knowledge is rather well known and condidered within planning practice

How was the participation process implemented (methods applied)?

A parallel competition was instigated between four architect practices, where proposals for the area where drawn up which were considered by three citizen groups who were instrumental in the final design, these includes; a women’s group which formed during the programming stage of the project and worked right through the consultation stage; a school group who has lessons on planning in general and the specific project, which provided a base from which to formulate proposals wit the planner The citizen groups were made up of anybody who was interested in the process but not necessarily interested in living in the area.

At the early stages issues of traffic problems, construction of housing on locally valued area and adjacent horse use were addressed and easily addressed.

In how far does/did the project respond to people's needs?

The focus of the participation for the planner was to preserve what was special and valuable within the area, retaining the characteristics which make the place and which have special meaning to the inhabitants and future inhabitants. However as the future residents were unknown it was the projection of the present locals which were considered, women and school groups. They envisaged that the new “incomers” would be as themselves, young families with ecological ambitions. The reality was is that the projection was wrong and it is more wealthy middle age couples attracted to the aesthetics of the area who have moved in. There was also a “watering down” of ecological ambitions in favour of more aesthetic elements.

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