Field Trips

The Field Trips will take place after Workshop session 3 on Thursday, 28 June. All Field Trips start at Campus Ekonomikum.

Field Trips on 28 June

All participants are welcome to register for one Field Trip. Please note that the number of places on most of the Field Trips is limited. We recommend that you register early to secure a place on the Field Trip you most prefer.

If your preferred Field Trip is fully booked at the time you register, you might still be able to join that Field Trip if a cancellation is made. You can check on this possibility by asking the personnel at the registration desk when at the conference.

1. Gottsunda/Valsätra – densification and segregation in a Swedish Million Program neighborhood

Time: 13.15-17.00
Guide: Irene Molina
Participants: Maximum 50
Means of travel: Bus (driving time amounting to 1h in total) and walking (ca. 5 km)

Gottsunda/Valsätra is according to official statistics a socially and ethnically well-mixed area in the south of Uppsala. According to official statistics, it has about 15 000 residents, and about 50% of them have a migrant background. But what is hiding behind the figures? The major part of the area was built during the record years of the Million Program (1964-1975) of new housing construction.

From having been rather anonymous, the district became internationally infamous in the fall of 2009 due to a series of uprisings and conflicts taking place between the local population and the police. The area has developed in rather contested ways since then. Although there has been more emphasis from the local authorities on creating arenas for youth activities, violence within the area has increased in various forms. Also, processes of urban renewal are starting at the same time as new housing production is bringing more density to the area, which has traditionally been admired for its generous access to green spaces.

In this fieldtrip we will visit rental and cooperative housing segments, compare different architectural époques and styles, and observe patterns of internal social and ethnic segregation.

Photo: Uppsala Kommuns Fastighetsaktiebolag

2. Urban densification and democracy in Eriksberg

Time: 13.15-17.00
Guide: Åse Richard
Participants: Maximum 50
Means of travel: Walking (ca. 2 km) +  bus or walking (ca. 2*3 km)

“What about democracy, can I even afford to stay put?” The question was raised just recently in a public meeting in Eriksberg, a lush neighborhood about 20 minutes’ walking distance from the Uppsala city center. For the evening, the town hall was cramped, as tenants from the local high-rise buildings and residents from the villa quarters and co-operative apartment houses assembled to discuss the Municipality’s urban renewal and development plans.

In Eriksberg, 2400 dwellings are to be built during the coming years, the local center is to be refurbished, and local infrastructure expanded. The resident raising the question of democracy is worried about her living costs – will rent increase in the process?  This is a most relevant question: in other parts of Uppsala rents have increased by up to 60 % during similar renewal projects. Perspectives of environmental concern, diversity, green space, traffic and the right to stay in place are additional issues in the ongoing debate.

This excursion will focus on the densification strategy applied for Eriksberg by the Municipality of Uppsala. It will include three 20-min stops where local residents and groups engaged in the city renewal plans will problematize the project out of their respective perspectives.

Image: Vision from Eriksberg, Uppsala municipality

3. Early history of Swedish urban planning and the welfare state in Leufsta Bruk

Time: 13.00-17.00
Guide: Göran Rydén
Participants: Maximum 40
Means of travel: Bus (driving time amounting to 2 hours in total) and walking (ca. 3 km)

In the history of Swedish urban and regional planning, as of the establishment of the Welfare State, the development is portrayed as an outcome of activities in the inter-war period, with an expanding social democracy, important negotiations within the labour market (Saltsjöbadsavtalet), and the agreement between the Social Democrats and the Farmer’s party (Bondeförbundet/Centerpartiet). It is however possible to find deeper roots of these developments in the early-modern period.

The destination for this excursion is Leufsta Bruk, an iron-making community some 75 kilometres northeast of Uppsala. After Russian raids at the end of the Great Northern War, in 1721, the community was rebuilt according to a strict layout, which divided the settlement into sections for the working people, workplaces and the owner’s manor house. It was built according to the most current architectural fashion. Much of what was created there in the first half of the 18th century still remains to be seen at Leufsta, making it a most suitable place to view a ‘pre-history’ of Swedish urban planning.

Participants in this field trip will be introduced to the early modern Sweden with the concept of the bruk, or early-modern industrial community. We will walk around the community and visit the manor house, the church, and the archive.

4. Residential architecture in Luthagen

Time Slot A: 13.00-15.00
Time Slot B: 15.00-17.00
Guide: Mats Franzén
Participants: Maximum 40 (20 per tour)
Means of travel: Walking (ca. 3 km)

Luthagen is a residential neighborhood in Uppsala located to the northwest of the city center. This area is interesting for its mixture of architecture, including developments from the 19th and 20th century but also recent 21st century quarters around Mimmi Ekholms Plats.
This guided tour will revolve around three main themes:

  • The first is the legacy of Gunnar Leche, city architect of Uppsala 1920-1954, whose work exemplifies the transition from the classicism of the 1920s to the functionalism of the 1930s.
  • The second is the inner-city urban renewal of the 1960-70s, in which Luthagen saw a rise of modernist architecture in place of art nouveau (or Jugendstil).
  • The third theme is the variation in layouts of the urban blocks, including more open designs with detached houses and perimeter blocks with enclosed courtyards less typical of Uppsala.

Photo: Upplandsmuseet

5. Densification and segregation on the outskirts of Uppsala municipality

Time: 13.15-17.00
Guides: Jan Amcoff and Roger Andersson
Participants: Maximum 50
Means of travel: Bus (driving time amounting to 1.5h in total) and walking (ca. 4 km)

The long-term plan for Uppsala municipality assumes a rapidly growing city. The population is expected to expand from the present 200,000 people to some 350,000 within the next 30 years. Currently, around 3,000 housing units are added every year, most in the form of densification within the city borders, and some on (and expanding) the rural-urban fringe.

This bus excursion will look beyond these environments and instead display different aspects of residential densification of the rural landscape around Uppsala city, a feature that also has interesting dimensions of demographic, socioeconomic and ethnic segregation.

The excursion will include longer stops with walks in a couple of the emerging new urban sites, including entirely new mixed housing areas (Lindbacken), expanding urban sites (Trevlinge, Gåvsta), neighborhoods where leisure houses have been converted to permanent housing (Skölsta, Hallkved), and general densification of countryside spots (Gunsta Bärby äng, Danmarks kyrkby).   

6. Urban planning in central Uppsala

Time Slot A: 13.00-15.00
Time Slot B: 15.00-17.00
Guide: Fredrik Nilsson
Participants: Maximum 40 (20 per tour)
Means of travel: Walking (ca. 4 km)

The city of Uppsala has recently gone through a period of relatively intense growth. From 1985 through today the population of the city has increased by some 50%, and the growth rate seems to be rising. During this period the central areas of the city have also undergone a series of significant changes, which range from renovations/rearrangements to infrastructure projects that are large on a national scale. These changes, combined with the population growth, are gradually transforming the character of the city. 

This field trip will deal with the theme of urban transformation from the point of view of a few central public places and how they have evolved. Stora torget (main square), Paradgatan (parade avenue), Vaksalatorg (old market square), Resecentrum (new central station) and Å-rummet (riverside waterfront area) are discussed with regard to their historical background, planning and rearrangements in the period from the 1990s until today.

They will also be considered with regard to how they are currently perceived and used by a population both larger and of a different composition from what was expected. This discussion will also take into account how residents of this old city have somewhat ambivalent feelings about change.  

7. Self-guided tour

Time: 13.15-17.00
Guide: No guide
Participants: Unlimited
Means of travel: Walking (as much as you would like)

For those who would prefer to discover Uppsala themselves, we offer a self-guided tour option. We will provide a map, itinerary, and other information needed to make your walk enjoyable. 

This field trip will give you the chance to discover and learn more about 1) the history of Uppsala and its university, 2) residential architecture over the centuries, and 3) architectural gems.

A ticket to Museum Gustavianum and its 17th century Anatomical Theater will be included.