Citizen participation – engage and listen where people are, both online and offline

Citizen participation is key to the development of the Stockholm Royal Seaport. In recent years, several different methods have been tried. Game elements and video games, presentations of the local development plan and resident consultation at the exit at the local grocery store, workshops with developers and entrepreneurs, and a qualitative study with girls between the ages of 12 and 18, are some examples of new angles and arenas for dialogue.


Frihamnen Live 2019 – a celebration marking the centenary of the opening of Frihamnen. Host organisations provided information about the continued development of the area, with particular focus on Värtahamnen, Frihamnen, and Loudden.

”We need new thinking to find solutions to the challenges of the future. In playful ways, we try to involve different groups in society to jointly seek answers to challenging questions,” explains Christina Salmhofer, head of sustainability at the Royal Seaport project.

A map-based survey tool is frequently used to facilitate simple and effective public participation. It is a quick way to receive feedback and insights from the residents. During 2020 it has for example been used in the preparation of a temporary Pop-up park. Different target groups that are hard to get involved in the planning process have also been highlighted.


Open consultation in supermarkets.


Workshops with developers and entrepreneurs.

The Pop-up Reuse, – a mobile reuse station developed in Stockholm Royal Seaport, has been a success for residents and the environment alike. Now, Pop-up Reuse is being made available at around 20 sites across Stockholm.


Test with LED on the vacuum waste collection systems in Stockholm Royal Seaport.

BBC – Video game Cities Skylines helps plan Stockholm development