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Albano Resilient Campus

The Albano area in Stockholm is a contested brown field located within the National Urban Park (NUP) close to the city centre, scheduled to host 100 000 m2 of research- and student space for the expansion of Stockholm University.

The Beijer Urban group in collaboration with scholars at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and architects at KIT architecture has been playing a key role in integrating social-ecological considerations in the early planning process of a new university campus area that will become the meeting place for three largest universities in Scandinavia: Stockholm University, KTH and Karolinska Institutet.

This initiative envisions how local nature can support a better urban environment and how a science city can be built in a climate smart way. The new campus can support ecosystem resilience in the NUP and be sensitive to historical values as well as enhance transdisciplinary knowledge. Designs include the use of local conditions for energy production, greening of buildings with vegetation selected in relation to the historical landscape, and habitats and green corridors that support biodiversity and ecological processes such as species migration, pollination and seed-dispersal.

It also involves development of institutional designs related to “urban green commons” by which local civil society organizations, students, and scholars can become managers and stewards of habitats and green areas in the area (from wetland ponds to allotment gardens). Hence, this is an action-research oriented study project for integrating ecosystem services in urban designs, where project researchers take the double role of problem solvers on equal footing with practitioners and as observers, evaluating and documenting the process and its results.

The Albano Resilient Campus projects builds on Beijer researchers long-term research of the National Urban Park in Stockholm within the Millennium Assessment sub global assessment and as a concrete example of research from the SUPER project. 

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