Infrastructure for sustainable urban development
This autumn’s main exhibition at the Swedish Museum of Architecture spotlights on-shore infrastructure – road and rail traffic – and its connection with urban planning.
An ample infrastructure is indispensable to a country and its inhabitants. Plans made now for improving people’s opportunities of mobility and access will sway the destinies of generations to come. Huge investments are involved which take a long time to develop and leave ineradicable traces in the landscape. And so the projects undertaken need to be democratically rooted and carefully designed.
What is infrastructure? Why is it needed? What role does it have to play in urban development? How can good design be brought about? Is concealment of new roads and railways below ground the solution? Within the framework of Sören Brunes’ experientially based scenography the role of infrastructure in present-day Sweden is discussed with reference to future, current and historical infrastructure projects.
The selection includes a number of projects, great and small, in progress in different parts of Sweden: new links like the Bothnia Line and the HST Line, new road links, cross-border planning in the Öresund region, co-operation in West Götaland, regional enlargement in Norrköping/Linköping, the transformation of traffic flows in the Stockholm region through the City Line, the Tvärbanan light-rail extension, the Northern Link and Stockholm Bypass, and the development of nodes for different kinds of traffic all over the country
Good design is a consistent theme in retrospects of classic structures such as bridges and railway stations representing high levels of aspiration. The story of road and rail development is told by means of photos, films, models, sounds and prototypes.
This exhibition is produced by the Swedish Museum of Architecture in association with the Swedish Rail Administration and the Swedish Road Administration.