Andrea Londakova is an authorised architect, activist and an author based in Stockholm, Sweden. She has experience in architecture of public buildings, renovation and urban design.

She has a diverse academic background, including studies at KTH, Royal technical university in Stockholm, UCL Bartlett school of planning, London UK and Slovak technical University in

She feels strongly about social justice, livable cities and environmental and social sustainability.




What si the future of modernist housing estates such as Norsborg in Stockholm?

Aim was to first understand the reason why these areas usually do not work and what can we do to change it. Most problematic places are a consequence of low variation in both architecture and landscape, low diversity, lost human scale, low definition of places both in terms of ownership and edges etc. Typical are missing functions that make these areas into almost purely residential areas, thus drastically minimazing the opportunities to meet others. Problem was that one could not just randomly meet someone or simply have visual contact  with someone of different age group, class or ethnicity.

I research different methods used today in such areas both in Sweden and other countries, which usually span from different level of demolishing, renovation, extensions with varied level of public participation and in basic approach - top down, down-up.

Then i created a solution for the case study at Norsborg that costists of three different levels of intervention. First step was the masterplan with plan for public participation and timeline. Then I specified the functions of buildings, which are currently missing thus framing new diverse public spaces designed to nudge poeple into randomly meeting. Third level consist of detailed design of 4 public spaces varying in functions, sizes, scales and level of privacy. 

And thus we made a satelite residential area to a part of a city

    Comparing available opportunities in Norsborg vs typical square pictured in movie Mon Oncle, by Jacque Tati (1958), which           strongly critisised modernist idea of segregating functions:

Illustrating design process from larges to smallest scale:

Public spaces:

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