Stockholm 3

Smart City challenge

Affordable housing, alternative planning

Stockholm and a number of Swedish municipalities face the challenge of a more equal supply of housing and premises. There is a need for increased knowledge and understanding of the needs and requirements of different groups, to meet inequity, inequality and involuntary solitude and a better understanding of the tools and instruments that can be used to ensure the supply. In collaboration with market actors the City of Stockholm wants to investigate how a norm-creative planning – i.e. to develop design of housing / premises and / or business models outside the norm – can contribute to an increased availability to affordable housing that can meet people’s needs.

The partners consist of the City of Stockholm’s city planning and development administrations, Stockholm’s housing agency and developers with land allocations.


The City of Stockholm is growing at a fast rate and 140,000 new homes will be built by 2030. The City’s 2019 budget describes that Stockholm will have a sustainable housing supply with housing affordable to everyone. Stockholm as a city will be characterized by mixed lease forms, and its housing stock will work against segregation and promote attractive housing environments. The City must actively promote the production of more housing with reasonable housing costs that are accessible to all. Developing a socially sustainable housing supply is therefore crucial. Businesses are also affected, as premises in attractive areas become expensive. This mainly affects non-commercial activities such as cultural activities, open social activities etc. that have a lower payment capacity. At the same time, ground level floors that offers activity contribute to city life and security, as they help to populate street life for several hours a day.

Existing solutions:  To develop a concept for normative housing planning that can be applied in new urban development areas.

Martin Ottosson
Communication Manager
City of Stockholm, Development Department

Christina Salmhofer
Sustainability Strategist
City of Stockholm, Development Department
What is the city looking for?

Good examples and best practice.

  • How can future homes, premises and neighborhoods be planned to share areas and functions in a more effective way, in order to increase equality and equality?
  • How can cities of the future be planned, to avoid unwanted exclusion and to promote social interactions?
  • In what way can a norm-creative perspective contribute to solutions that are adapted to how people in different family configurations live today and in the future?
  • Can a norm-critical perspective contribute to solutions that are adapted for people with different economic conditions?
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