Winny Lau - Civilingenjör Arkitektur med inriktning mot stadsplanering
Winny Lau - Master Programme in Architectural Engineering with a focus on Urban Planning Photo: Richard Renberg View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Past and present urban planning ideals

Published: 9 January 2017

Renovation and redesign of the Million Programme areas is a major challenge for many municipalities. Winny Lau, student in Architecture Engineering with specialization Urban Palnning at Luleå University chose for her thesis, in cooperation with the Municipality of Södertälje, to develop proposals for improvement of the urban environment in Geneta.

The idea of ​​the Million Programme - A comparative study of past and present urban planning ideals for future development is the title of Winny Laus thesis that became a deep dive in the Million program history and the ideals and challenges.

"During World War II, housing has stood still. In the subsequent economiic boom the Swedish Government chose to build large and modern housing. The Million Programme ran from 1965-1974", says Winny Lau.

Example from the million program - Tensta, Stockholm. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Example from the million program - Tensta, Stockholm. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Unhealthy urban environment

The apartments from the 1930s-1950s were often cramped, dark, moist with poor sanitary facilities. Outhouse toilets was not unusual. The car's impact changed the urban environment and was very unhealthy. In this context the ideal of modern apartments within driving distance from factories and the inner city was born. They wanted to build modern and healthy apartments close to nature.

"Many neighborhoods from the million program has a bad reputation today, but it often depends on the social situation in the area. This does not mean that the area is poorly planned", says Kristina Nilsson, professor of architecture at Luleå University of Technology and supervisor of Winny Laus thesis.

Geneta in Södertälje

In working with the district Geneta Winny Lau has interviewed both residents and urban planners. She has also conducted reference studies in other areas with similar challenges; Rinkeby / Tensta in Stockholm, Bergsjön Holma in Gothenburg and Malmö.

"In my work with urban planning in Geneta I have tried to eliminate insecure environments that can range from dark subways to large natural areas. I have tried to be on the positive and strengthen these communities and string. Some areas have been pedestrianized and retail center has been densified", says Winny Lau.

Kristina Nilsson

Nilsson, Kristina - Professor

Organisation: Architecture, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 491678
Room: F241 - Luleå»