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Kiruna. The LKAB Company Area

Processes of Cultural Heritage in the Built Environments in Malmfälten

Published: 20 April 2011

What significance do the cultural heritage values of the built environments have in the spatial planning processes due to the urban transformations of Malmberget and Kiruna? Which potential has the cultural heritage as a resource in the urban development in the local authorities?

The reason for the study is the extensive urban transformations that will effect the built environments in Malmberget and Kiruna, caused by LKAB's mining operations. Both cities are also cultural heritage environments of national interest.

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Church, Kiruna

The cultural heritage values of the built environments in Malmberget and Kiruna are significant, and to a large extent well described. Many of the buildings are protected by law. Despite this, there are great challenges in managing urban environments in the spatial planning for the urban transformations. Based on our study, we mean that the reason for this is caused by fundamental questions about what cultural heritage is, how it can be preserved, and for whom it is to be kept, are issues that not have been emphasized in a sufficient way the planning processes.

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Villa Disponent, Malmberget

The planning of the built environments in Malmberget and Kiruna could be strengthened and more efficient by utilizing the planning tools available. The municipal comprehensive planning offers opportunities to develop a basis for decisions on land use. This should have a long term perspective, and be a possibility to legitimize the spatial planning among local residents as well as authorities.

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Tuoddarvillan Malmberget

The later is important, as we see a need for increased dialogue regarding decisions about the future of the built environments in Malmberget and in Kiruna. We also see that there is a potential for the local industry, to present the built up environments and the history that makes Malmberget and Kiruna as cultural heritage of national interest.

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City Hall Kiruna

The project "Processes of Cultural Heritage in the Built Environments in Malmfälten" have been carried out by Luleå University of Technology and Norrbotten Museum, the County Museum of Norrbotten, by Jennie Sjöholm and with Kristina L Nilsson as a project manager.

The project has been funded by the Swedish National Heritage Board.