Welcome to The Higher Seminar Series at Urban and Regional Studies, Urban Planning and Environment, ABE, KTH If nothing else is mentioned: All seminars take place at 13.15-15.00, Seminar room no. 4055 (first floor), Drottning Kristinas Väg 30, Stockholm Seminar coordinator: Sandra Karlsson, email:, tel: 08-7909221


Presented by the PROUD platform.

29 January
TIME: 10.00-12.00
What is smart rural development?

Hans Westlund, KTH
Discussant: TBA


26 February
Intelligenta trafiksystem

Björn Hasselgren, KTH
Discussant: Johan Nyström, VTI



This theme deals with planning in a wide sense – asking questions as planning for whom, planning by whom, planning and democracy according to what political ideals. To the first seminar we will read texts dealing with posthuman or ‘more-than-human’ perspectives and discuss what this can mean for planning. Can these perspectives be helpful for managing the ecological crises and help us think beyond the current anthropocentric planning and organization of society? In the second seminar we will explore how artists can contribute to the field of planning and public administration. The third seminar will deal with planning and urban politics as governmentality.

12 March
Posthuman perspectives, Literature seminar

Introduction by Jonathan Metzger, KTH


26 March
Artists as planners

Johan Tirén and Anna Högberg (artists who have been working with planning in the municipality of Haninge)  
Moderator: Sofia Wiberg, KTH


10 April
TIME: 10.00-12.00
The Politics of Activation: Technologies of Mobilizing the Urban Peripheries

Magnus Dahlstedt (Associate Professor, Head of Unit, REMESO, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University)
Moderator: Nazem Tahvilzadeh


The world is fast approaching the point where the majority of the human population will find its habitats in large metropolitan urban areas. This major exodus to cities is constant and on the rise, which poses major challenges for planning, managing and dealing with cities on short, medium and long term perspectives. Creating resilient and sustainable urban infrastructures also means developing and nurturing a culture of sustainability. Integrated planning of sustainable urban infrastructures does not just mean creating city districts that are zero carbon waste islands but also accommodating for housing types of all kinds, regardless of age, class or gender and working towards inclusivity and affordability as well as for a society going through major transformation: social, urban and economic.

23 April
The Aging Society & Beyond: Longevity and Sustainable Communities

Mats Lundström
PhD student, KTH
Discussant: Stefan Lundberg, Assoc.Prof., KTH


7 May
Royal Seaport: Taking Sustainable Cities Model to a New Level

Björn Frostell & Ulf Ranhagen (KTH)
Discussant: Tigran Haas, Assoc.Prof., KTH


21 May
From Rentals to Condominiums: Impact on Housing Areas and Communities

Inga Britt Werner (KTH) & Kerstin Annadotter
Discussant: Göran Cars, Professor, URS/KTH

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