The Lindholmen Case: Residential Architecture and Compensation in Areas of National Heritage Interest
Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet), 2019
The case study is a combined architecture and planning project in Gothenburg. The project started with a design developer competition for new housing. The winning design was transformed into a planning project. The town planning office’s assignment was to implement the proposal in a detailed development in an area with cultural values, protected in the law and through the county administrative board and the city’s conservation program, which is a local guideline for planning in Gothenburg decided by the politicians.
The architecture and planning project deals with the need for housing, strong exploitation interests, and how planning processes handle cultural values and architectural qualities of both local and national import. Some of the adjustments in the winning design, as well as regulations in the detailed development plan, can in this case be understood as compensation.
Objective, Research Questions, and Methods
The objective is to understand how architecture, cultural values, and compensation are expressed in an architecture and planning project. The case has been selected because of the different demands connected to the site. The research question centres around three themes: 1) the design developer competition, 2) compensation as actions and adjustments of the detailed development plan, and 3) cultural values and architectural qualities identified in the consultant investigations and how they are implemented. The methods are archive studies, close reading of key documents, and site visits. The case has also been discussed at seminars.
The result is presented as seven conclusions that discus how the task in the competition program is described in relation to conditions at the site, jury judgments, citizen participation, statements from authorities that review the detailed development plan, compensation as hidden actions, and specific regulations. A selection of identified values and qualities in the consultant investigation were transferred into the detailed development plan.