In association with Archtober 2017, Sweden presents a thematic program investigating different takes on Democratic Architecture.

Democratic urban space ensures the well-being of everyone, from children to the elderly. Sweden’s egalitarian society and intimate relation to nature generate balanced architectural solutions that accommodate both community desires and environmental needs.

The program – spanning several days at the Center for Architecture and Van Alen Institute from October 24 to 28 – will present and explore Swedish architecture and design solutions, with installations, conversations and charrettes addressing global contemporary challenges of architecture and urbanity.

The Malmö-based artist Ola Kalnins has received the prestigious assignment of painting a giant mural on a four-story building in Brooklyn, New York. This initaitive is supported by the City of Malmö.

Among the topics to be examined:

  • How can we collaborate internationally to find creative solutions for a sustainable and democratic built environment?

  • How can design thinking be applied globally to create democratic urban spaces?

  • How can Swedish and American democratic processes inspire architects and urban planners in New York and around the world?

A special thanks to all of you that visited and participated in the Swedish Design Moves New York program during Archtober on October 24-28.

Swedish Design Moves New York is a collaboration by Visit Sweden, Swedish Institute, the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, STHLMNYC and Architects Sweden.


For more information


For further details on visiting Sweden and how design shapes the country and its people, go to

Examples of Democratic Architecture in Sweden



johan.cavallini@visitsweden.com (general) linda@sthlmnyc.org (presentations and panels)
tove.wallsten@arkitekt.se (exhibition)