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Youth Architecture Project

Published: 22 August 2016

During the summer, 12 youth has been employed to develop ideas for an interesting project in the municipality of Luleå. They have developed concept sketches and architectural proposals for a new travel center in the City of Lulea. The work has been supervised by students at Luleå University of Technology.

The four groups' presentations was a surprisingly positive experience for those present and invited experts from Luleå and the Swedish Transport Agency. The creativity and vision of the young students showed gave rise to both laughter and curious questions - and maybe a little concern when the last group showed its proposal with an underground railway, inspired by London Underground.

"This proposal is amazing but it might cost 15-20 billion SEK and take 10 years", said Robert Eriksson from Luleå who also acted as principals in this project. He did, however, immediately met with opposition from a colleague at City Planning.

- Of course we should bury the railroad!


The wind in the coastal city of Luleå had almost all groups tried to build off in different ways. Here there was also room for sport arenas, playgrounds, skate parks, housing and offices. A new boardwalk at a new eastern shore and a bathing area with diving towers were other ideas in the creative flow of innovative thinking that was presented.

"Their task has been to develop the area around the existing railway station in the center of Luleå and create conditions for an interesting meeting point during all days", says Kamal Mohammed, who worked as a tutor for the young summer workers. Kamal is studying at the civil engineering program at Luleå University of Technology.

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Photo: Richard Renberg

The work has included analysis of the area, interviews with people moving or working in the area, as well as a so-called SWOT analysis. SWOT is an acronym based on the English words "Strengths", "Weaknesses", "Opportunities" and "Threats") is a common business financial planning tools that attempt to find strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for a strategic review.

"Young people with no previous experience working with arcitectural planning can be an advantage when they are not locked in their transcendently", says Frida Lindberg, also a supervisor, who is studying to become a civil engineer in architecture at Luleå University of Technology.

The project was a collaboration between Luleå, Luleå University of Technology, the Swedish Construction Federation, the Swedish Transport Administration and the Swedish technology and design. The aim is to motivate more people to train for a career in the construction industry.

Below the final design proposals for Luleå new travel center in PDF format