I had the chance to travel around Sweden last July, and came across the city of Norrkoping.
Situated on the eastern part of Sweden, about 150 km south of Stockholm, Norrkoping was established on the Motala river banks. The city was famous for its textile industry until the 70’s, when it started declining in the face of competition from the low wage economies of Asia. The factories closed one by one, leaving the city center and the river banks to abandoned buildings. The city decided to keep its architectural heritage and turn it into a mixed purpose neighborhood, inviting new architects to bring a more modern twist to the industrial feeling and opening the river banks to the public. The success of its redeveloppement is due to the various uses the city implemented, such as cultural centers, offices, shops, retail and public buildings. The ares has become an active place instead of another outdoor museum / heritage conservation project. – SDC