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People-tools-Process-Place: Design-driven accessibility design

Social sustainability is high on the agenda in Swedish urban development – and an important aspect of this area is accessibility. While there are laws and guidelines for physical accessibility, it’s not as clear how munucipalities and other actors can work on issues of social accessibility. This is the subject PTPP sets out to examine.

The overarching goal of People-Tools-Process-Place: Design-driven accessibility design of places and tools in small and mid-size towns is to contribute new knowledge on how social accessibility can be taken into account in urban development. The focus is on the needs of small and mid-size Swedish municipalities – needs which tend to be sidelined in current Swedish development efforts, which often take  larger towns and cities as their starting point.

Through a design-driven approach, this project will 1) Develop one or more tools for social accessibility in physical planning processes, 2) Test and develop these tools in development of physical spaces and 3) Develop an overarching program for social accessibility design in urban development.

This work will be carried out in close collaboration with the municipalities of Skellefteå and Mölndal, which will constitute testbeds for the project.


Project name

People-tools-Process-Place (PTPP)




Region Västerbotten, Västra Götaland Region

RISE role in project

Project participant

Project start




Skellefteå Municipality, Mölndal Municipality, Luleå University of Technology




Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

5. Gender equality
11. Sustainable cities and communities