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Living the green city: Freiburg’s Solarsiedlung between narratives and practices of urban sustainable development
University of Freiburg.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship. Lund University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0505-9207
University of Freiburg.
2014 (English)In: Local Environment: the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, ISSN 1354-9839, E-ISSN 1469-6711, Vol. 19, no 6, 644-659 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The solar settlement (Solarsiedlung) in Freiburg, Germany, has been widely hailed as an eco-city or green city neighbourhood and a blueprint for sustainable urban development. However, as there is a noticeable lack of critical analysis of what constitutes Solarsiedlung as an “eco-city”, this paper studies narratives and practices of sustainable urban development. First, we look at Solarsiedlung as a best-practice model – a narrative that was produced and perpetuated by architects, urban planners, investors and academics celebrating this neighbourhood as a technologically leapfrogging, economically sound and socially integrated project. Second, we explore the everyday practices and lived experience of the residents in Solarsiedlung. Bringing together these two perspectives, we contribute to a more comprehensive understanding and critical reading of the interplay between the ecological, economic and social dimensions of sustainable development as seen from different viewpoints. Findings indicate that Solarsiedlung as a best-practice model is embedded in growth-oriented neoliberal strategies that are in conflict with the everyday practices and lived experience of the residents. Our findings put into question the widely assumed transferability of best-practice models in sustainable urban development.

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Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 19, no 6, 644-659 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-30719DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2013.868872Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84904392348OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-30719DiVA: diva2:667100
Available from: 2013-11-25 Created: 2013-11-25 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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