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Restricted developer competitions –   three cases in Sweden
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture. (arc•plan)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9715-9656
2014 (English)Report (Refereed)Alternative title
Inbjudna markanvisningstävlingar - tre fall i Sverige (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents results from a research project studying prequalification in restricted developer competitions aimed at housing in Sweden. The methodology includes an inventory of competitions, case studies, document reviews and interviews of members in the organizers selection committees. The case studies are three restricted developer competitions organized by the municipalities. The design teams are appointed by prequalification in these competitions by the organizers selection committees.


The developer competition is a real estate competition organized by the public sector. The organizer's invitation contains a short description of the competition task, the aim of the competition and presentation of conditions, submission requirements and criteria for evaluation of applications. Sustainability is treat in different ways in the invitations by the organizers. The must-have demands are general and based on the law on public procurement. Evaluation criteria are experience founded and reflect professional merits for the competition.


The three developer competitions have generated a total number of 16 applications from candidates. The lead applicant is the construction company in these competitions. The selection committees have invited 11 candidates to the developer competitions after prequalification.


Winners in developer competitions receive building permission and can implement their design proposal, either by purchase of the land or through leasehold of the site. Building costs and design quality are key factors for the organizers in these competitions.


The invited teams take part in the developer competitions at their own expense. This is the case in two of the competitions. But in one of the three competition in the study, the six invited teams got 50 000 SEK each for their design proposals. This is a very low compensation for design proposals compared to architectural competitions and did not attract more teams than the other two competitions.


The organizers are pleased with the information in the candidates’ applications and the selection committees could easily choose teams for the competitions, which can be explained by the low number of applications. According to the selection committees, the prequalification works fine, although organizers had expected a wider interest from the construction industry and was expecting more applications from companies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. , 22 p.
TRITA-ARK. Forskningspublikationer, ISSN 1402-7453 ; 2014:1
National Category
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-140431ISBN: 978-91-7501-996-3 OAI: diva2:690472
The 6th Nordic Planning Re-search Symposium (PLAN NORD) on “Scandinavian experiences of planning for sustainability” in Reykjavik, Iceland, August 18-21, 2013.

This report was presented at The 6th Nordic Planning Research Symposium (PLAN NORD) on "Scandinavian experiences of planning for susstainability" in Reykjavik, Iceland, August 18-21, 2013 and at The 5th Swedish Workshop on Competition Research (SWCR) in Stockholm, Sweden, December 5, 2013.


QC 20140127

Available from: 2014-01-23 Created: 2014-01-23 Last updated: 2017-03-02Bibliographically approved

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