Moving from urban form to social-ecological form - knowledge for urban resilience building

Project leader

Funding source

Formas - The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2011
End date: 31/12/2013
Funding: 7583000 SEK


Considering that humanity presently is building the equivalent of a city the size of Vancouver twice every week, the form of new cities becomes important to consider due to its influence on socio-economic and ecological processes.

This research project investigates how urban form promotes desirable social and ecological processes in urban systems. We hypothesize that it is possible to identify urban forms with a high degree of overlap of socio-economic and ecological functions, referring to such as social-ecological urban form (SEUF).

Furthermore, such urban form is always institutionally embedded and the institution of property rights is especially critical.The program will therefore also study how the spatial distribution of property rights interacts with urban form and how they can beshaped to further support desirable social and ecological processes.

By bringing together the different traditions of spatial morphology at the School of Architecture at KTH and resilience theory at the Beijer Institute, the major aims are to:

(1) Pioneer a new field of research that integrates urban morphology and resilience theory through a focus on urban form.

(2) Analyze and improve understanding of how institutional embedding of urban form can promote desirable social-ecological processes at the Stockholm Albano Resilient Campus.

(3)Develop a new integrative theoretical framework on urban form and resilience that can be further tested in urban settings to understand how urban form can promote sustainable development.

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