Healing Connect
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Connecting Stockholm

2006 - ongoing

Stockholm is a scattered city. By nature of its geography – it is an archipelago – it is comprised of disconnected suburbs: small islands of residential areas divided by forest, lakes and farms. Stockholm is also one of the fastest growing regions in Europe and is rapidly becoming more multi-cultural but the city’s physical disconnection is causing social issues ranging from loneliness and isolation to problems with community integration.

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Connecting Stockholm began in 2006 as a research project by Sara Göransson, focused on identifying the multiple identities of the people living in the Stockholm region and mapping the segregation between them.

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Today, the project has developed into a tailor made regional strategy, designed to connect these urban islands in a practical and human way. The aim is to create social viaducts between segregated communities and our proposals range from simple devices, such as well-lit walkways and bike paths to more significant developments such as new villages. These new villages will straddle the area between existing communities and act as a bridge: attracting people by offering affordable housing and providing public amenities such as schools and shops to help strengthen the city’s connectivity and social wealth.