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Kulturell hållbarhet: - ett stadsplaneringsperspektiv
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Sustainable development is a big discussion in current society debates. That society and the earth we live on will be developed and planned in a way that focuses on sustainability has high priority in several municipalities in Sweden and as well around the world today. Sustainable development can be defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Previous research notes the absence of cultural sustainability when in explanations of sustainable development, were sustainable development is usually defined as ecological, economic and social sustainability.

The purpose of this paper is to examine whether, and if so, how the municipality of Kalmar takes account of and plan for cultural sustainability in the planning of urban environment. Qualitative method is used and research design for this study is a detailed grounded case study based on the municipality of Kalmar´s planning for the urban environment. This is then added in relation to theories of sustainable development and "the creative city" theory. Investigated empirical material has been the municipality´s official documents for urban planning. These documents are a general plan named Comprehensive Plan for the City of Kalmar from 2012, a detailed comprehensive plan called depth comprehensive plan for Kvarnholmen with the surrounding water areas from 2011 and a detailed plan called Order of the detailed plan for the Abborren from 2013 regarding an ongoing project in Kalmar that means creating a cultural center. Results shows that research in cultural sustainability has not been given any public investment which may be a consequence of why the concept does not have a clear meaning in planning documents. This can then lead to that the concept is not given so much space in a municipality's urban planning and that the main focus lies in the dimensions of sustainable development that has been shown to have an impact on a municipality's growth. The two overlying themes that Kalmar is working with to achieve cultural sustainability is preservation and development of cultural heritage and cultural life for increased attractiveness. One clear conclusion is that the authorities do not take as much account of the cultural dimension of sustainable development. More research is needed to get a clear picture of why cultural sustainability is not always included in the sustainability definitions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 28 p.
Keyword [en]
Sustainable development, cultural sustainability, urban planning
Keyword [sv]
Hållbar utveckling, kulturell hållbarhet, stadsplanering
National Category
Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49247OAI: diva2:897213
Subject / course
Human Geography
Educational program
Heritage Studies Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-02-04 Created: 2016-01-25 Last updated: 2016-02-04Bibliographically approved

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