The idea is that students in projects shall prepare proposals for a climate friendly and sustainable urban development for this historic township at the foot of the SSAB steel mill.
– This is a tough challenge, given the area's history, diversified ownership, proximity to heavy industry and cultural environments, says Agatino Rizzo, senior lecturer in architecture at Luleå University.
Svartöstadens Community Association and Svartöstadens Local History Association told of a long battle to save the neighborhood from demolition fever that started in the 1960s when the municipality of Luleå bought up properties for demolition and rebuilding. The area's specific character with four equal plots in each block and the wooden house to the street is considered to be of architectural national interest.
– We want to have more meeting places, places to meet, said Matilda Eriksson, president of Svartöstadens Community Association.
In late October, the students will present their proposals on Svartöstadens future development and layout or hopefully some great ideas to be reflected in the future planning of Svartöstaden.