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MAPURBAN Stockholm will focus on urban inequalities by mapping and visualizing access to important societal functions. The initiative highlights access to cultural institutions and places important for co-presence and integration processes. Places where a diversity of people with different backgrounds may be co-present and places where different social groups may meet are of special interest. Cities serve as places for diversity and acceptance of difference but may also facilitate and support integration processes and the MAPURBAN Stockholm case study aims to highlight the role of architecture and urban design for this matter.

The method for mapping inequalities combines three different perspectives: the first includes the view of the municipal and regional planning authorities, the second is based on spatial accessibility mapping using GIS-data, and the third includes a public participatory perspective where we will use the art-and city development project ‘The Kitchen Square’ (www.studioelinstrandruin.se) as an arena for such processes. This approach will deepen our understanding of the role of architecture/urban planning in relation to the living conditions provided and urban opportunities for enhanced ethnic minorities, migrants and other groups with poor socioeconomic resource accessibility and mobility, comparing this with experiences from London and Berlin.

MAPURBAN Stockholm Research Team: 

Prof. Ann Legeby and Elin Strand Ruin, KTH Architecture.
Stockholm local actors: TRF (Regional Planning Authority), the City of Sundbyberg, and Marabouparken Art Centre.

The Kitchen Square