Cities around the world are growing and increasingly more people are moving from rural to urban areas. Today, 55 % of the world’s population lives in cities, and by 2050, the number is expected to be about 68 %.  

Increased urbanization has many positive outcomes and can connect people, reduce poverty and foster human development. At the same time, the increased pressure on cities leads to a stronger need to build sustainable cities and offer public services such as sustainable public transport systems, waste management and efficient energy solutions.

In order to deliver these solutions and create cities that are sustainable in the longer term, new technological solutions – together with good governance that consider the social aspects of sustainability – are needed.

Sweden works to create smart cities where social sustainability plays a major part. Green areas help create meeting places, and they also play the role of air cleaners, water collectors and noise reducers. By building in favour of bikes and pedestrians, car traffic has been reduced in the city centres, leading to better health among the residents.

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The Tricot factory – Timber on top to create a modern and sustainable office building

The Tricot factory – Timber on top to create a modern and sustainable office building

It is smart to use a circular business model where you can use existing buildings to create new buildings. Wood as a renewable building material plays a key role when existing buildings get new life with the help of wooden extensions.

The multi activity house – home of sports, activities, and culture

The multi activity house – home of sports, activities, and culture

The city of Gällivare is relocating. Public buildings are being replaced, generating a need for smart and innovative multipurpose buildings. The multi activity house in the city center will be the new home of sports, activities, and culture.

Brunnshög – a future to believe in

Brunnshög – a future to believe in

Everyone is talking about a smarter, more sustainable future. In Brunnshög, this future is being realized. And it is being created around the people who will live here, focusing on their future needs.

Sweden’s first fossil-free preschool in Gothenburg

Sweden’s first fossil-free preschool in Gothenburg

When the preschool ‘Hoppet’ in Gothenburg was to be built, the City of Gothenburg wanted to challenge and create a change in the construction industry; they wanted it to be built completely fossil-free throughout the building’s entire life cycle with regards to production, assembly and future operation.


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