SC - Stockholm Kista

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Stockholm MILUnet Workshop Kista
9-11 June 2004 Stockholm - Sweden

The main problems to address at the Workshop in Stockholm are as follows:

A. Local case: What makes it a place?

  • How can we create an attractive central place and make this place distinct, so that it becomes a positive part of the public consciousness of Kista?
  • Can a future “central district” be defined and developed in order to improve urban qualities and functions in Kista?

B. Regional case: What makes the location?

  • How can the urban functional and physical relations between Kista and its surrounding centres, workplaces and neighbourhoods be strengthened?
  • How can the transport system and the land use be developed in order to enhance the location of Kista as well as of surrounding centres?




English Final Report (2004-June 9-11 Stockholm Kista-MILUnet workshop report.pdf; 7,5 MB)

Stockholm MILUnet Workshop Kista
9-11 June 2004 Stockholm - Sweden

The Stockholm MILUnet workshop includes two cases, both relating to the further development of Kista:

  • A. Local case – What makes it a place?
  • B. Regional case – What makes the location

Task A – Local Case: What makes it a place?
The study area is defined on the map below:




Proposed future structure of the Kista business area and centre. The red line defines the
MILUnet local case area.

The MILUnet local case focuses on the area divided by the subway/ Hansta Road and the area along the pedestrian pathway, which connects the Kista Galleria to Helenelund station. Those areas include most public institutions and commercial services in Kista. How can this area be developed to improve the local identity, add urban qualities and support physical, functional and social integration in Kista?
How can the centre of the core be improved?

Kista was planned in accordance with a long tradition in the City of Stockholm, aiming at creating homes (Boende) in local neighbourhoods, served by the subway, which provided a public transport link to Stockholm City and the rest of the region.
A new area for workplaces (Arbete) was built on the other side of the subway and the Hansta road. An indoor shopping centre (Kista Galleria - Centrum) connects the two areas while bridging the barrier caused by the subway and the Hansta road. This scheme is often referred to as the ABC-scheme.
The area for workplaces is located between the two physical barriers formed by the subway and Hansta road in the west and the E4 motorway Uppsala /Arlanda – Stockholm and the railroad in the east. Close to Kista, on the eastern side of the motorway lies the Helenelund railway MILUnet Stockholm Kista Workshop Report 10 station, where commuter trains stop. A pedestrian pathway connects the railway station and Kista Galleria.

Current plans focus on the area planned for work places and the transport system.
The aim is to create more housing and a more city like local environment. Proposed changes include a division of large-scale industrial blocks into smaller units, a lot of new housing units, more intimate and city like streets and a new light rail.
The Kista Galleria has just been expanded and new buildings – Kista Tower (offices) and Kista residential tower (housing) have been located close to the Galleria.

Task B – Regional Case: What makes the location?

The regional ambitions related to Kista include a regional cooperation on the future spatial development along the Uppsala – Arlanda – Kista - Stockholm Corridor where public transport is a key issue.

Strong emphasis is laid to improve the rail services between the main centres
in the corridor and Kista, and to develop light rail services, which connect Kista to other suburbs north and west of Stockholm.






The MiluNet regional case task focuses on the Kista Science City area.
The key challenge is to strengthen the urban functional and physical relations between the core and its surrounding centres, workplace areas and neighbourhoods?



The local municipalities of Stockholm, Sollentuna. Järfälla and Sundbyberg are engaged in cross-border planning efforts aiming at promoting the future development of Kista and surrounding areas – Kista Science City. A common vision has been presented. Although this
vision for the future is less than three years old, it has already resulted in investments
and actions. Concrete achievements are redevelopment of the Kista Galleria shopping centre, the construction of Kista Science Tower, the construction of over 700 new student flats, a new motorway slip-road, new bus services, improved capacity on underground trains and
physical improvements of the local environments in Kista.
Other ongoing work comprises the swift planning processes for the new E18 motorway, a rail link to Arlanda international airport (presumably in Sollentuna – Häggvik), lobbying for a new
light rail transit route between Alvik and Kista, a structural plan for urbanism in the
area and the opportunity to double the number of companies and businesses operating in Kista.
An action plan (actions for the next ten years) for the implementation of Kista’s development strategy comprises the fields:

  • Research and education
  • Mobile City Initiative
  • Test market and environments
  • Innovations and commercialisation
  • Strategic in-location
  • Networking, marketing and promotion
  • Multinational population

The workshop results of the Four groups can be found in the final report which can be downloaded from this webpage.