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Research project The city of Kiruna was founded by the LKAB Company 100 years ago and its first managing director, Hjalmar Lundbohm had a vision of building not only a physical city but also a socially stable community - “mönsterstaden” - the perfect city. The continued expansion of the mine has led to the risk of major ground collapse and it is now necessary to move Kiruna in order to secure both the safety of the city and the continuance of iron ore mining.
The aims of this project are: i) To scrutinise the power processes at play when carrying out what could be called a full-scale social science experiment – the reconstruction of Kiruna – and to examine how these processes may facilitate or constrain a more sustainable urban development; ii) To create space for articulating visions of the sustainable city that will have a broader applicability.