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Active frontages and value creation

Many city development initiatives in a Swedish context have active frontages as an aim, however fail at achieving this. In this project a case study has been conducted with a focus on how planning processes for active frontages can be organized. A hand book on how to analyze the socio-economical consequences of frontages has also been developed.

Today, mixed-use city districts, in which housing and various amenities exist side by side, is a core aim in many urban development initiatives. Achieving active frontages - which is a crucial part of mixed cities - is however difficult in practice due to factors such as online shopping and shopping malls. In this project researchers from RISE have studied how city development projects aiming at active frontages can be organized in practice. A case study of such a city development initiative in the area of Masthuggskajen in Gothenburg, Sweden, has been conducted. Furthermore, the possible socioeconomic consequences of active frontages have been analyzed, with a focus on cultural organizations, civil society and social services. Can the existence of such organizations in the ground floors of buildings be seen as social investments which pay for themselves in the long run?

As part of the project a research report presenting the Masthuggskajen case has been written. On top of this a hand book has been developed which focuses on how the socio-economic effects of active and mixed frontages could potentially be analyzed.


Project name

Active frontages




Västra Götaland Region

RISE role in project

Forskningspart samt delat projektledarskap med Göteborgs stad

Project start


December 2017 till December 2018

Total budget



Göteborgs stad


Göteborgs stad, RISE

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
11. Sustainable cities and communities
12. Responsible consumption and production
Stefan Molnar

Contact person

Stefan Molnar


+46 10 516 59 78

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