What happens when we move from words to action?

How does architecture and urban planning change when the concept of social sustainability actually moves from words to action? This is the theme for the next breakfast seminar in the series ”Good morning Gothenburg!”, on Friday 23 March.

Lisa Wistrand starts things off with a review of the current situation and concludes by drawing the threads together. In between, we hear about several concrete examples of what can happen when action is taken.


Social sustainability is nothing new, not least within White. Whoever wants to can bask in research and lofty slogans on the importance of everything from user involvement to norm-critical perspectives. In other words, there is no lack of theoretical foundations that support the importance of having social dimensions as a cornerstone in most of what is designed and built.

Now is the time for the beautiful words and visions to take their place in robust reality.

White was early in employing its own expertise within social sustainability. As far back as 2013, Lisa Wistrand left the urban planning office in Göteborg and moved over to White. As a trained cultural geographer and urban planner focusing on social sustainability, she works on the office’s different urban development projects, with the starting point that the city as a whole must function for everybody who lives and works there. Increasing numbers of cultural geographers and sustainability planners are following in their predecessors’ footsteps and applying to architect’s offices – all with a strong desire to put theory into sustainable practice.


Simply formulated, the seminar’s main question is: ”What happens when action is taken?”, and it is answered by, among others, three invited guests. First is the developer Joachim Arcari from BoTrygg, who uses projects in Frihamnen and Gårda to talk about how he finds strategies to link together social sustainability and finances.


Taking part from White in Malmö are Victoria Percovich Gutierrez and Anna Krook, both with concrete and recent examples. Process manager Victoria talks about how the city library’s youth department was designed together with the young people themselves, and how it turned out. Anna, who is an expert within social sustainability, reports on and shows how a new public baths in Malmö was reviewed from a norm-critical perspective – with concrete lessons as the result.

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