Managing urban development: A case study of urban forest’s sense ofplace in Hammarbyskogen, Stockholm
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Due to the growing population in Stockholm, some of the urban green areas are beingsubjected to exploitation. Hammarbyskogen is an urban forest in the south of Stockholm andis an example of a green area that is planned to be transformed into an urban environment.This paper investigates key qualities and values of an urban forest of Hammarbyskogenvalued by local inhabitants of the neighbourhoods of Hammarbyhöjden and Björkhagen in thesouth of Stockholm. In addition to that, the study seeks to investigate people’s perception ofthe planned development of the forest as well as investigate how these perceptions andqualities are being incorporated into the process of neighbourhood development.Using text analysis, interviews and discussion forums, findings have been made showing thatthe local inhabitants value the urban forest mostly for its ecological and recreational qualities.Regarding perception of the change, people are either positive or negative to the developmentwhich can be explained by people’s experienced sense of place and place attachment of thearea and the forest itself. The study has also shown that the urban planners rely on localinhabitants’ view, as well as on expert knowledge during the process of planning.The results of the study contributes to a better understanding of why and for what purposesurban forests are important for the city dwellers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 39 p.
place, sense of place, place attachment, urban forest, urban planning, neighbourhood development, Hammarbyskogen, Stockholm
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-116035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-116035DiVA: diva2:801398
Laszlo Ambjörnsson, Emmeline