Nils Björling

Senior Lecturer at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Urban Design and Planning

Nils Björling is a researcher within the research group Urban and Regional Transformation. The focus for the work is on developing theory and methods to increase the interplay between local and regional planning. The objective is thereby to support the design practice in urban planning to manage challenges caused by an uneven geographical development and to include a broader field of resources and actors in the planning process. A greater plurality is intended to improve the possibility to manage change over time and balance a sustainable development. In 2016 Nils defended his doctoral thesis, Fragile Urban Landscapes: Planning methods to open spatial lock-ins of urbanisation. The thesis develops three conceptual tools; fragile urban landscape, urban ecologies and key urban projects, aiming to support the design practice in formulating alternative strategies of alteration, to identify a wider spectrum of resources and to identify mechanisms of transformation bridging the gap between planning and implementation. The work is completed in close cooperation with planning practice at both a local and regional level.


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Relationer mellan stad och land i det regionala stadslandskapet

Nils Björling, Julia Fredriksson

Spatial heterogeneity for environmental performance and resilient behavior in energy and transportation systems

Jimeno A. Fonseca, Laura Estévez Mauriz, Claudiu Forgaci et al
Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. Vol. 62, p. 136-145
Journal article

The livability of spaces: Performance and/or resilience? Reflections on the effects of spatial heterogeneity in transport and energy systems and the implications on urban environmental quality

Laura Estévez Mauriz, Jimeno A. Fonseca, Claudiu Forgaci et al
International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment. Vol. 6 (1), p. 1-8
Journal article

Urban Ecologies and Key Projects: Interconnected Approaches to Unlock Fragile Local-Regional landscapes

Catharina Dyrssen, Nils Björling
Beyond-ism: The landscape of Landscape Urbanism
Paper in proceedings

Key Projects: Combining Potentials from Urban Ecologies. A Swedish Perspective

Nils Björling
Ruralism The Future of Villages and Small Towns in an Urbanizing World, p. 179-190
Book chapter

Key Urban Projects: Strategies to Transform Fragile Urban Landscapes

Nils Björling
New Urban Configurations, p. 718-725
Paper in proceedings

Key urban projects: Local-regional planning tools for fragile urban landscapes

Catharina Dyrssen, Nils Björling
World in Denmark 2014: Nordic encounters. Travelling ideas about open space design and planning
Paper in proceedings

Trafikala stadslandskap: Analyser och undersökande arkitektur av aktuella stadsutvecklingsprojekt

Catharina Dyrssen, Bosse Berman, Julia Fredriksson et al
Landskab og landskabsarkitektur, Nordisk Arkitekturforskning, Århus, 19 – 21 april 2007
Paper in proceedings

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The uneven geography of migration

Henrietta Palmer Urban Design and Planning
Kristina Grange Urban Design and Planning
Nils Björling Urban Design and Planning
Region Västra Götaland
Mistra Urban Futures
Skaraborg Municipal Federation
City of Gothenburg


Politicising uneven regional development: Towards socially responsible geographies

Kristina Grange Urban Design and Planning
Nils Björling Urban Design and Planning
Julia Fredriksson Urban Design and Planning


Urbana nyckelprojekt, delstudie Mariestad - genomförande FÖP

Catharina Dyrssen Urban Design and Planning
Nils Björling Urban Design and Planning
Mariestads kommun

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