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Ongoing Research projects

Ongoing research projects


Senseable Stockholm Lab: City Change: Effects of Urban Interventions

The city of Stockholm is a growing city. This transformation comes with challenges but it is also a great opportunity to develop the city in line with the city planning objectives specified in  the comprehensive plan to generate positive effects on existing neighbourhoods and the built environment with every new project. This project intends to pilot a monitoring system to detect these changes, investigating  and evaluating the impacts of specific development projects to create a deeper, more refined, and more thorough understanding of what kinds of contextual effects projects have. We plan to study this impact as it spreads through time and space, measuring various urban features. We measure the impact on property prices, opening/closing of business, ground floor activity, physical transformation of the urban environment, and other metrics to measure the impact of public interventions on street life. These results will support the City of Stockholm to evaluate measures and targets in the planning practice and to predict the impact of future urban interventions.

Senseable Stockholm Lab is a long-term cooperation where KTH together with MIT, one of the world’s highest-ranking universities, are now entering into a research collaboration around urban planning and development where Stockholm city is the focus.

  • Funders: KTH, Stockholm city, Stockholm's Chamber of Commerce, and the company Newsec via Sensable Stockholm Lab
  • Funding: SEK 2 800 000 (1.4MSEK at KTH)
  • Partners: KTH, MIT, Stockholm City
  • Role: Researcher (PI)
  • Team at KTH: Björn Berggren, Daniel Koch, Mats Wilhelmsson
  • Directly linked publications:
    • pending


Equal living environments: urban design for reduced segregation and increased accessibility

Accessibility does not exist in the built environment or in individuals but emerges in the relation between people and environment. Our starting point is variations in accessibility for different people. It is further that accessibility acts not only locally but also on a system level - in this case spatial systems. From such a perspective, what might seem like locally small differences can have significant impact on a system level and vice versa; a set of stairs has different impact depending on how far away an alternate route is. Degrees of accessibility may also be differently impactful depending on if it concerns specific amenities or if it concerns a kind of amenity that is appears distributed in the city. To us KTH, Uppsala Municipality, Funktionsrätt i Uppsala län and HSO Uppsala kommun these are central challenges for universal design and caring for persons with disabilities and reduced mobility.

Our solution intends to (1) further develop advanced methods of spatial analysis which are increasingly used in municipal planning today in order to include challenges concerning disability and accessibility and accessibility to societal resources and social systems services; (2) investigate how existing data structures and information can be used to perform such analyses; (3) clarify what kind of data and inventorying is needed and how it can be integrated in wider planning- and digitalization processes; (4) develop how knowledge and information of how built environment is different for different individuals with different capacities can be visualized and communicated, and (5) translate knowledge this this develops to methods, processes and visualizations which can be worked with in planning practice.

  • Funders: Vinnova, Uppsala Municipality
  • Funding: SEK 1 732 400 (Vinnova 1 472 KSEK, Uppsala Kommun 260 KSEK) 
  • Partners: KTH, Uppsala Kommun, Funktionsrätt Uppsala Län, HSO Uppsala Kommun
  • Role: Project leader
  • Team at KTH: Daniel Koch (Project leader), Ann Legeby (thematic leader "modeling and methods"), Björn Hellström (thematic leader "process and communication")
  • Project website
  • Directly linked publications


Architecture and Urbanism, addressing the social space in the 21st century (2017-2022)

The 21st century ushered in a number of new concerns for architecture and urbanism such as a critical review of the disciplines that deal with space conception, subsequent to the ideological vicissitudes of the Modern Movement and Strategic Planning, as well as the new social and economic processes of space production. 

The critical renewal of these disciplines is necessary in order to continue to fight for an informed and open-minded transformation of the meanings of the city. There were few transformations in Brazilian cities since the beginning of their industrialization and modernization processes. However, from the end of the 20th century some significant advances in terms of urban policy tools have been apparent. See further on the project webpage and the FAPESP funding information.


Duvedmodellen (2020-2022)

Widening gaps in life conditions between city and countryside is one of Sweden’s most central challenges. The differences have a direct effect on public and private service, cultural offerings, work, transports, housing, and the declining trust in the democratic social systems. Duved has, thanks to its small size of just 700 inhabitants - with the Duved village association as a driving force - the possibility to be a model creator and lead the way for future rural and urban development in Sweden. Rural investments through innovation is the future’s large and untapped possibility. The countryside will be the starting point of a new sustainable society that derives from the visions of local actors, experiences and ideas.  
The innovative core of the Duved model is the new type of collaboration plan - Governing through local collaboration - which the project aims to develop. The collaboration plan will actively engage the local community to participate in and influence the municipal urban development process. See further the project webpage.

  • Funders: Vinnova
  • Funding: SEK 10 000 000 from Vinnova, 10 000 000 co-funding.
  • Partners: KTH, Linköping University, National Board for Housing, Building and Planning, Region Jämtland Härjedalen, Åre Municipality, Tyréns, IBM, Jämtkraft, Setra Group, ICA, Årehus, ArvetTageHus, Attacus, HaWe Fastigheter, Eau & Gaz, Duved Byförening.
  • Role: Researcher area leader, Digitalization
  • Team at KTH: Björn Hellström (project leader), Ann Legeby (research area leader of "Living environment"), Daniel Koch, Christina Pech
  • Directly linked publications
    • pending


Sensable Stockholm Lab: Urban Segregation (2020)

Urban segregation and unequal living conditions are urgent contemporary challenges. The ongoing expansion of Stockholm is an opportunity to develop Stockholm into a more socially sustainable city characterized by less segregation and more equal living conditions. The city highlights the importance of a coherent urban structure, public spaces of high quality, climate sensitive. In this project, which constitutes one study within the project of urban segregation in the Sensable Stockholm Lab, the goal is to find out what are the urban characteristics (including configurative properties, physical features, and spatiotemporal variations in land use that make people to congregate in certain areas of the city. The aim is to use digital, geographical information, collected through sensors in public space and other means, as a proxy to people dynamics in selected areas in Stockholm. This will be compared to this data with information about urban form and configurative properties (e.g. spatial integration and betweenness, and visual characteristics based on online street views, analysed using convolutional neural networks), and with information on spatiotemporal variations use of urban areas (e.g. comparing official land use maps with data on points of interests, including opening hours, service typology, public rating).  The study will highlight differences across the city and analyses are designed in order to respond to how social processes and phenomena relate to architecture, urban design and planning. 

Senable Stockholm Lab is a long-term cooperation where KTH together with MIT, one of the world’s highest-ranking universities, are now entering into a research collaboration around urban planning and development where Stockholm city is the focus. The hub for the research will be KTH-MIT Senseable Stockholm Lab. The idea is that the cooperation as a whole should find new ways and methods for the smart city. This is with regard to, for example, transport, mobility, energy, water supply and behavior patterns that reflect what a city is through the use of large amounts of existing—and collection of—new data, as well as AI.



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