Future Cities – Possible Changes

  • Mattias Höjer
  • Anders Gullberg
  • Ronny Pettersson


Over the last 50 years the physical structure of the urban regions in the west has undergone basic changes. This is especially true of the larger cities. They have continued to grow, not only through a comprehensive immigration, but also due to a strong increase in space use expressed both in terms of building utilization and land use per capita. In many cases the increase in space use reaches more than twice the original. Tendencies to sprawl, functional separation, segregation, thinning and population growth have led to comprehensive suburbanization. The sparsely built suburb has surpassed the traditional, dense city. As has been described in an earlier chapter, a new phenomenon has appeared after WW2 where the formerly financially dominant traditional city core has been reduced in importance, while a number of smaller, but still viable centers have grown in the suburban zone.


Public Transport Urban Region Building Stock Regional Expansion Urban Construction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mattias Höjer
    • 1
  • Anders Gullberg
    • 2
  • Ronny Pettersson
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Sustainable CommunicationsRoyal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Committee for Stockholm ResearchStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Department of Economic HistoryStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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