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Erik Freudenthal of Sweden

by ERA Architects

This April, ERA was pleased to co-host a special presentation by Erik Freudenthal, the Director of Information for Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm. In his discussion of this innovative “Symbiocity” approach to urban development, Erik demonstrated that low-carbon, sustainable communities really are achievable given a) the proper commitment and b) the appropriate strategies for material and resource management.

The event also brought to light some of the similarities between Sweden and Ontario: as regions with comparable sizes and populations, we can learn from each others’ efforts in northern urbanism.

Learn more about Sweden’s SymbioCity approach here, and if you’re interested to experience nordic urbanism first hand, the Swedish Consulate organizes tours of Sweden for architects and city builders. ERA has participated and recommends it highly.

Thanks to the Swedish Consulate, Tower Renewal Office, City of Toronto, and the University of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership for co-hosting this event.

If you’re interested to view Erik’s presentation, we’ve made a pdf available for download.

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