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Sustainable Urban Block Proposals

Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects Drafted an Award-Winning Project

— May 18, 2018 — Eco
One of the leading architectural firms in Scandinavia won a competition for the development of a sustainable urban block for an area between Nacka and Stockholm, Sweden. Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects proposed a curious design that "has the ability to reinforce the identity, routes and nodes of the region, as well as expand the connections within the area’s setting."

The sustainable urban block has been designed with a focus on the community. The structural design features flexible components in the shape of squares—their positioning within the block does not only allow for an architecturally sound construction but also offers an inviting space for markets and open-air cafes. This significantly diminishes the inhospitality of gigantic architectural structures and fosters a sustainable urban block that actively reinforces community building and a "three-dimensional fluid experience."
Trend Themes
1. Sustainable Urban Block Design - There is a disruptive innovation opportunity for building design firms to incorporate principles of community building and sustainability into their projects.
2. Flexible Structural Components - There is a disruptive innovation opportunity to think beyond traditional building materials and design flexible, modular components that can adapt to changing community needs and promote sustainable urban development.
3. Community-oriented Mixed-use Spaces - There is a disruptive innovation opportunity to create mixed-use spaces that foster community building, offer inviting spaces for markets and open-air cafes, and promote sustainable urban development.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture and Design - The architecture and design industry can innovate by incorporating principles of community building, sustainability, and flexible design into their projects.
2. Real Estate and Development - The real estate and development industry can innovate by promoting sustainable urban development and investing in mixed-use spaces that foster community building.
3. Construction and Building Materials - The construction and building materials industry can innovate by developing new materials and modular components that adapt to changing community needs and promote sustainable urban development.
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