Showcasing Vällingby to the world: post-war suburban development, informational infrastructures, and the extrospective city

Cook, Ian (2017) Showcasing Vällingby to the world: post-war suburban development, informational infrastructures, and the extrospective city. Planning Perspectives. ISSN 0266-5433 (In Press)

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Abstract

Vällingby – one of the first post-war suburbs in Stockholm – became a well-known and much visited development, a prominent place in the geographical imaginations of many planners and architects during the 1950s and 1960s. This article will consider the ways in which Vällingby was ‘showcased’ to planners and architects outside of Sweden during this period. It will demonstrate how this was achieved through three practices in particular: (1) the hosting of visitors to Vällingby; (2) the promotion of Vällingby by those governing and marketing the development; and (3) the reporting of the development in English language planning and architect journals. In so doing, the article will speak to the academic literature on policy mobilities and two important concepts within it: informational infrastructures and the extrospective city.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Suburbs, post-war planning, policy mobilities, study tours, exhibitions, Stockholm
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2017 10:38
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2017 00:42
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/31434

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