Where is your Stockholm? – Cities are more than streets and buildings, they are our stories, memories and feelings for certain places.

“Where is your Stockholm” is an exploration of how those stories, memories and feelings emerge.
A city is the physical backdrop that shapes the nature of everyday urban experiences, but because many of these experiences go unstated and unnoticed they are out of the planning process. The initiative
“Where is your Stockholm?” (www.varardittstockholm.se) aims at filling this gap.

Stockholmers, just like any big city inhabitants, are shaped by the urban landscape in which they live. But at the same time, and probably in equal measure, the inhabitants also help shape their city, and make it into what it really is. Apart from the environment and the looks, sounds and smells of a city, how people move, talk, interact and feel help create the atmosphere of the city environment. Positive or negative experiences of ordinary daily routines are often un-articulated, and consequently unnoticed by planning and design processes. Solutions in urban design are often based on temporary aesthetic trends, and economic beliefs that are often detached from the everyday experiences of the people in Stockholm. However, we recognise the value of everyday life in the planning process, and we think that unveiling the everyday experiences that people have of the Stockholm Region may inform more inclusive and dynamic design and planning processes. Hence, the initiative “Where is your Stockholm?”

The Stockholm Resilience Centre (Stockholm University) in collaboration with Färgfabriken has decided to make the experiences of the Stockholm Region visible and available to the planning process. Stockholm Resilience Centre has built a web tool (varardittstockholm.se) that is accessible to anyone and through which any Stockholmer can give voice to his or her personal experiences of the Stockholm Region. Some enjoy Stockholm’s urban forests because they trail run or mushroom hunt, some prefer to socialize by the waters of Stockholm, while others enjoy being immersed in the commercial vibe of Drottningatan. “Where is your Stockholm?” makes what is positive and negative of such experiences visible and valuable to the planning process. In other words, “Where is your Stockholm?” intends to be a virtual piazza of unmediated street-level sensations.

The tool will be available to anyone from the 21st  of September 2015 in conjunction with the “Experiment Stockholm” exhibition held at Färgfabriken. The exhibition will be the cradle of “Where is your Stockholm?” and the continuously co-created map of Stockholmers will be shown live. The final product will be public domain after the exhibition on the website www.varardittstockholm.se and it will be shown, presented, and explained to interested public authorities in December.

So, in your day-to-day, where do you intimately experience the Stockholm Region?

Follow the project on Twitter: @varardittsthlm