Malmö, Sweden


On a cold November day in 2018, approximately 2000 people visited Lokstallarna in Malmö, Sweden and experienced an area full of cultural activities.
Photo: Torbjörn Lagerwall

The area had been closed to the public and served as a site for the repair and maintenance of trains, but over the next 10 years the area will undergo a major development. In the future, the area will be a vibrant part of the city with a park, a school, a cultural institution, apartments, and businesses.

An ambitious process of co-creation has involved a wide variety of local partners in opening the area, using culture as a driver.

The collaboration has turned the usual top-down approach to urban development upside down and has built up capacity and relationships in the public sphere, the private sphere, and civil society.

Local partners have organized themselves and are now influencing the development. This means that there is now a locally-rooted collaboration around the development of the area that involves local partners and builds up the future of this part of the city around the people who live there.

Jesper Koefoed-Melson
Partner: Vida Local
“My vision is to create frameworks for arts and culture in cities and to secure unique local solutions, where communities takes ownership over their neighborhoods. By empowering communities, they are able to become active participants in urban development which will benefit both the local community and the surrounding city.”

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