In search for a location where a new city could be build (in the context of City Move Interdesign Workshop), the Green Group went exploring the area North of Malmberget. On March 27, a 250 kilometers road trip to the border of the Gällivare and Kiruna region ended in the a small city called Svappavaara where another LKAB mine was found. LKAB is an international high-tech minerals group, one of the world’s leading producers of upgraded iron ore products for the steel industry and a growing supplier of industrial minerals products to other sectors.
This is the same mining company that is responsible for the activities in, under and around the city of Malmberget, and has lead to some problems for which the City Move Interdesign Workshop is working on solutions and strategies to get out the stakeholders deadlock which keeps the local population in a state of insecurity about their present and future housing conditions. A solution to this problem could be complex and simple at the same time; to give up what doesn’t work and compensate the local population for their relocation. To understand who would be responsible for this to happen, one doesn’t need to be a genius; LKAB is wholly owned by the Swedish state and recently reported their 2008 record profit as follows (10 kronor = plus minus 1 euro):
LKAB’s operating income for the full year 2008 increased by 68 percent and amounted to 10,327 million kronor. This is the best result in the company’s history. The Board suggests that dividends paid to the owner, Swedish state, for the year 2008 will total 2,800 MSEK.
To deal with this situation where the Swedish state could have the amazing opportunity to grasp this opportunity of forced evacuation of Malmberget, to start a new type of city, based on a different mode of planning, organization and culture, the Green Group was working around the idea to make a new beginning, a fresh start, a new city located North of Malmberget. A couple of snapshots of our journey.
Pictures by movingcities.org
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Gällivare and Kiruna region Field Trip by The Green Group.
Part of the City Move Interdesign Workshop (March 22 – April 4, 2009)
The Green Group included:
Hector de la Peña | Consultant urban design sustainable architecture, Mexico
Hanna Sandström | Student – Institute of design Umeå university, Sweden
Tomas Seo | Concept Designer – Phorecast, Sweden
Annevi Sjöberg | Developer and Ecodesigner – Development Office Dalénum, Sweden
Bert de Muynck | Architect, Writer – co-director MovingCities, China
Natalia Agudelo | Tutor Design Department – Universidad de los Andes, Colombia