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The turn of the twenty-first century was a golden age in Swedish urban planning. Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm became a model around the world for how to design an attractive and eco-friendly urban environment. At the forefront of the new planning stood the architect Jan Inghe. Now there’s a new film that describes his work and considers how our cities have been developing since that time.

The awarded film follows Jan Inghe’s career, beginning with the development of the Minneberg district in Stockholm during the 1970s, continuing with Södra Station in the 80s, and culminating with Hammaby Sjöstad in the 90s. It thus captures the era when urban planning looked back to the traditional city to try to incorporate its many qualities. The story of these development projects, then, is the story of the return and revival of the city in Swedish urban planning.

The film’s creator

The film was made by architect Rasmus Wærn in collaboration with the film production company Andersö&Boman.

Wærn is an international award-winning architecture critic and the author of many books and articles about Swedish architecture both past and present. He holds a Master of Architecture degree and a PhD in architectural history, both from Chalmers University of Technology, and has served as an editor, exhibition curator, jury member, and expert consultant in architectural history on many Swedish construction projects.

Photo: Tomas Boman
Editing: Tomas Boman
Sound: Kajsa Andersö
Music: Majo Music Production (Mats Olofsson, cello; Josef Cabrales Alin, violin and percussion; and Johan Ullén, piano)
Sound mixing: Jan Alvermark
Graphic design and still images: Ola Österling
Jan Inghe’s writings are read by Krister Henriksson

Jan Inghe-Hagstrom

Jan Inghe-Hagström, or simply Jan Inghe as he was universally known, was born in 1944 and died in 2005. He worked during a time of great transition and was a driving force in the movement to reclaim public space as a core value of urban planning. When he graduated from architecture school in 1970, the prevailing wisdom was still that buildings should be arranged in straight rows free of enclosing corners. With the development of Minneberg, Södra Station, and Hammarby Sjöstad, Jan Inghe showed how modernist plans could be married to the more intimate urban spaces of an earlier era.

Trailer

The film An Other City will soon be ready for distribution. It was filmed between 2016 and 2020. An Other City was made possible by generous contributions from the Jan Inghe-Hagström Memorial Foundation at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts; Stockholms byggnadsförening; the Stockholm City Planning Office; Sweco’s FFNS foundation for research, development, and education; the ARQ foundation for architectural research; Murmestareembetet; Einar Mattson AB; and the architecture firms of Lindberg Stenberg, Nyréns, Kod, Erséus, and Tengbom.

The film has be acknowledged at numerous film festivals worldwide, for example the XV Istanbul Architecture and Urban Film Festival with 595 films from 75 countries, where it was awarded with the second prize.