Urban development model

The RiverCity Gothenburg vision was conceived through open dialogue with residents and urban development experts. This is the hub of our continued dynamic approach to urban development.

We are guided by a holistic view, with integrated planning based on the big picture rather than individual elements. Development, traffic, parks, amenities, activities and events all form part of the totality that contributes to the life of the city.

Urban development is about prioritising and striking compromise, which is why it is important to take note of people’s expectations of a specific area at an early stage. Only then can there be a solid foundation for continued collaboration, dialogue and learning.

Strong leadership from politicians and public officials – with responsibilities clearly delineated – is another key aspect of Gothenburg’s urban development model.

Urban development model

The vision is the hub
The vision and strategies are the fundamental values which underpin the development of RiverCity Gothenburg. At the same time, this dynamic process means the vision is open to change over time. Lessons we learn from the process should enrich and develop the vision.

Holistic view
Development, traffic, parks, amenities, activities and events all form part of the totality that contributes to the life of the city. Each element is interdependent, which is why it is important to take note of people’s expectations of a specific area at an early stage. This then forms the basis for dialogue and collaboration.

Learning
RiverCity Gothenburg’s work will involve pilot projects, with new solutions and methods tested and evaluated. Knowledge will be channelled back to enrich future processes and refine our methods.

Co-operation
There are many participants involved in developing our city, and our success is dependent on co-operation. A Strategy Council, with representatives from industry, academia and the local authority, can monitor the work and pursue discussion on how the vision can be achieved and how forms of collaboration can be developed.

Involvement
City processes must be characterised by participation and openness to initiatives. Lessons learned from public dialogue relating to RiverCity Gothenburg can be applied in future work. Involvement serves to increase understanding of the city, provides better solutions and reinforces the capacity to collaborate.

Leadership
Implementation of the vision for RiverCity Gothenburg requires strong leadership, with the vision and strategies underpinning the organisation of work. Mandates must be assigned on both a political and operational level.