Living Cities offers innovative solutions for inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities across the world. By working with the social aspects of urban development we want to create more inclusive urban spaces and alleviate differences in living conditions. We work in partnership with communities, local governments, entrepreneurs and civil society to develop cities for all within planetary boundaries.
Implementing Agenda 2030 through SymbioCity
Over the past 10 years, we have been involved in supporting local governments in over 20 countries to develop inclusive and sustainable cities through SymbioCity. The programme has been funded by Sida and implemented by SKL International. Yesterday, we presented some of the results and experiences of this journey, but with the eyes set on the coming 10 years and the implementation of Agenda 2030.
Check out the publication here and the webinar here.
Inclusive Education in Duhok, Iraq
All children in the Duhok region of Kurdistan, Iraq, including those with manageable disabilities and special needs, have equal access to quality education in mainstream schools. That’s the objective of a new partnership we’re working on with the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions and the Duhok Directorate of Education. The project will pilot an approach to inclusive education suitable for Duhok and develop an agreed proposal for implementing across in the region.
New project CONEXUS gets started!
Living Cities is partnering with 32 organisations, universities and city authorities from across Europe and Latin America to deliver CONEXUS: Co-producing nature based solutions and restored ecosystems - transdisciplinary nexus for urban sustainability. Through action research in 7 city living labs (Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Bogota, Torino, Lisbon and Barcelona), the project will research innovative, co-produced nature based solutions. Funded by the European Commission as part of Horizon 2020 and headed up by the University of Sheffield.
A nature trail in Tyresö
With children leading the way, Tyresö municipality has with support from the project Parkliv (Living Cities and SLU Alnarp) developed a small green forest located between two residential areas with different socioeconomic charactereristics. Minor elements to encourage play, movement and curiosity to nature have been added.
Living Cities has joined forces with a consortium of researchers, companies, municipalities, regions, and NGOs in a project consisting of several solutions that enable and favour the emergence of travel patterns at the district level, in which cycling becomes a dominant feature.
Bikeable city is coordinated by Trivector, with support from Vinnova.
Sustainability Programme for Trollbäcken centre
What does Agenda 2030’s Goal 11 for Sustainable cities and communities mean for central Trollbäcken? We explored this question together with Tyresö kommun, local actors, developers and young people to develop a Sustainability Programme for future urban development. The programme includes a a set of 8 practical principles to ensure sustainability as the urban centre develops, covering sustainable mobility, inclusive meeting spaces, participation and equality, identity, circular economies, climate positive buildings, ecosystem services and a mix of housing.
With the goal to create an equal physical environment, the project “Spatial equality” aims to challenge the current processes and norms in urban planning that makes the city excluding. Together with the municipality of Haninge, we are developing an inclusive planning process that is based on a norm-critical and intersectional perspective. The project is funded by VINNOVA.
Dialogue for gender equality
Vätterstranden in Jönköping is a unique resource to the city with it’s long sandy beaches, walking lanes, activity spaces and restaurants. But what is most appreciated with the beach, and what can be improved in the future? Living Cities supports the municipality in conducting citizen dialogues with a gender equality focus.
Inclusive Cultural Heritage
Together with KMV Forum and the municipality of Kramfors, Living Cities is developing a toolbox aimed at making cultural heritage sites more accessible for people with neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disabilities, so they easier can both experience and contribute to the development of these. The project is funded by Sweden's innovation agency Vinnova.
Living Cities has been assigned to support Karlskrona municipality and the National Property Board of Sweden in the development of Stumholmen as a world heritage destination.
As process leaders we will involve local actors and stakeholders and strengthen their participation and involvement the project. The assignment will result in an action plan with concrete proposals for activities for continued development that are rooted in local actors.
Living Cities was awarded "Årets Företagare" (Company/Entrepreneurs of the Year) in Stockholm 2018. We're super proud, humbled and grateful for this and will do everything we can to live up to the title in the years to come. Thanks to all for rooting for us ❤