Designed living environment is about a holistic view of the design of our living environments and about how we design the places where we live our lives, our homes and workplaces but also the areas between the houses. How do we create good environments for quality of life with humans as a starting point?

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Sweden's population is growing and more and more people want to live in cities. Right now, Helsingborg is experiencing a strong population increase, which follows an urbanization trend where people and economic activity are concentrated in cities. At present, the development mainly puts pressure on the inner city and residential environments close to the city. At the same time, there is an increased geographical division of where people from different social groups live and move in everyday life. In order to be able to handle this societal challenge, we need to build a sustainable and equal society where public environments are designed to be accessible to all. In 2018, the Swedish Parliament adopted a comprehensive policy for what are called designed habitats. The Riksdag's decision means that the public environment must clearly include art, architecture, form and design and that these parts must interact with site-specific values in the form of culture, cultural history and the environment. According to the decision, the municipality also has the task of being a role model in the design of living environments when it comes to organizing complex and sometimes conflicting interests into a whole.

In formal processes, for example when a new detailed plan is to be produced, there are structures that, among other things, ensure that legal certainty is achieved and that different perspectives are taken into account. The formal processes are therefore in themselves not an obstacle to a holistic view when environments are designed, but they set the structure for how the work is normally done. This can make it more difficult for innovative collaborations and contacts that could lead to greater added value.

It is not only about the structures in our municipal organization but also about other boundaries, for example between different areas of expertise, but also between citizens and the administration.

If we can find ways of working that facilitate informal contacts and collaborations, we believe that we can create greater added value and contribute to a better designed living environment.


In the hypothesis lab for designed living environment, we start from the idea that by examining and developing the city's internal collaboration on urban planning issues, based on a special project, we can contribute to a better designed living environment. The goal is to develop joint learning to support the development of processes that contribute to a designed living environment.

Impact target

The effect of better designed living environments is increased quality of life for our residents.

Resident involvement

The residents who use Jutan at Gåsebäck will be involved to identify and make visible values on the site.


Name: Jessica Jönsson
E-mail: Jessica.Jonsson@helsingborg.se

Name: Robert Jakobsson-Åhl
E-mail: Robert.Jakobsson-Ahl@helsingborg.se

Name: Milou Mandolin
E-mail: milou.mandolin@helsingborg.se

Name: Charlotte Svensson
E-mail: charlotte.svensson@helsingborg.se

Name: Therese Paulsson
E-mail: Therese.Paulsson@helsingborg.se