THE SYMBIOCITY APPROACH
The SymbioCity Approach is a conceptual framework developed to address current challenges of the urban environment. Much like the concept of placemaking, it builds upon a people-centred, inclusive approach, but also includes best practices and practical experiences from Swedish local governments.
The methodology also explores opportunities to improve local governments’ capacity to sustain local development by using existing resources more efficiently. At the same time, the SymbioCity Approach identifies ways to reduce poverty and the current negative environmental impact created by our urban areas.
The concept emphasises methods and tools for an integrated approach to sustainable urban development, with special focus on the promotion of horizontal and interdisciplinary working procedures in local governments and among key stakeholders.
It can be applied within a range of development processes, such as formulation of citywide strategies for short-, medium- and long-term development, or preparation for urban infrastructure investments. It can be utilised in areas ranging from single blocks to entire urban areas, regions or countries and for projects spanning redevelopment schemes to greenfield initiatives.
SymbioCity works equally well for developed, developing and transitional economies.
These areas are central to the SymbioCity Approach:
- Community participation and multi-stakeholder collaboration
- Leadership for sustainable development
- Shared visions and strategies for all stakeholders
- Holistic and integrated urban planning
- Innovative solutions to urban challenges
- Utilising synergies between urban systems
- Analysis of impacts and optimisation of outcomes
- Implementation and management of urban change
SymbioCity can be used by public and private actors alike, including local government, utilities, private business and other stakeholders. The approach is open and beneficial to all. Additionally, the concept pinpoints key urban systems – from energy and IT to water and waste – that are the foundation for good living conditions, prosperity and welfare in any city.
Unlocking the synergies within and between these systems can make all the difference as cities strive to curb environmental impacts and deliver social and economic benefits to citizens.
Read full report: URBAN SPACE FOR PEOPLE ON THE MOVE – THE LIVING CITY
In this Urban Insight report, Sweco experts investigates methodologies involving holistic urban development – and how it can be used to improve people’s well-being, while also making it easier to choose sustainable means of transport.