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On 19 March, the park Jubileumsparken in Frihamnen harbour won the Siena Prize, which is awarded by Architects Sweden for Sweden’s best landscape architecture project. In the Jury Statement, Jubileumsparken was lauded as an inspiring example of citizen-powered urban development and innovative sustainability.

The sauna in the park Jubileumsparken, Frihamnen. Photo: Beatrice Törnros/Göteborg & Co.

“The Siena Prize is a prestigious architectural award. It is particularly exciting that Jubileumsparken won because this is such a special urban development project. We worked with the Passalen community association to create a meeting place for everybody which is operated, designed and managed by young people,” comments Jessica Segerlund, Älvstranden Utveckling.

Jubileumsparken is being built in response to residents’ requests for more green spaces and better access to the water, to mark Gothenburg’s 400-year anniversary. The first phase of Jubileumsparken will be completed in time for Gothenburg’s anniversary in 2021, and today the park already boasts a sauna, a fresh water swimming pool next to Göta Älv river, a small salt water pool, a sailing school, a playground, a roller derby track, raised planting beds, test cultivations, a café and more.

Jubileumsparken is run via a community partnership where young people from all areas of Gothenburg are employed to operate and develop a meeting place for everyone. Last year the park attracted over 80,000 visitors.

“Winning the Siena Prize will not only publicise Jubileumsparken among Gothenburg residents and visitors, but also means our partnership will leave an imprint in the industry,” comments Kristoffer Nilsson, process leader, City Planning Administration.

Siena Prize 2018
The Siena Prize was established in 1987 to promote good outdoor environments. The Prize is awarded to a work and its architect. The Prize was presented at the Architecture Gala in Stockholm on 19 March 2019. What the Jury said: “It goes without saying that a municipal park should be built in partnership with local residents and in harmony with local conditions. This project demonstrates the importance of letting more people have a say in urban planning, and of promoting local communities. When an industrial wharf is transformed into a park, the landscape architecture becomes an engine for change, social inclusion and emerging local economies. The winner is an inspiring example of citizen-powered urban development and an innovative approach to the concept of sustainability.” Read more about the prize on

Jubileumsparken in Frihamnen
The Siena Prize is one of several nominations and awards earned by Jubileumsparken since 2014. The Park won the architecture prize of Architects Sweden Västra Götaland in 2014 and was nominated for the Kasper Sahlin Prize in 2015. The development of Frihamnen, in which  Jubileumsparken is located, won the Urban Planning Prize in 2016. Jubileumsparken is being developed in a partnership between the Parks and Landscapes Administration, the City Planning Administration and Älvstranden Utveckling, and is one of the initiatives to mark Gothenburg’s 400-year anniversary in 2021. So far, the Park has been built according to a strategic urban development method and is part of the local development plan. The construction site was opened at an early stage and provides a convergence point between vision, plan and implementation.

The European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) will be held 16–18 May at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg. The Gothenburg Convention Bureau initiated the process of arranging to hold the meeting in Gothenburg already in 2013. It is therefore extremely rewarding to be able to welcome the ESOC this May.

The latest research findings will be presented at the conference, which is guided by the motto “The Voice of Stroke in Europe” and is the world’s largest conference focused on strokes. The conference, where more than 4,000 delegates are expected to attend, is being arranged by the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) together with the local committee, Stroke Centre West, Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

To make the conference accessible to a wider audience, a seminar that is open to the public and free of charge will be held at the University of Gothenburg auditorium in Vasaparken on 16 May.  The heading of the seminar is “How can I reduce the risk of stroke?”, with lecturers including Christian Blomstrand, Professor Emeritus in Neurology at the University of Gothenburg, and Mats Börjesson, Professor of Sports Physiology at the University of Gothenburg and a cardiologist at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Seminar attendees will also have the opportunity to hear Ann-Christin Jademyr, an assistant nurse who works in the stroke ICU, and who after falling victim to a stroke herself has returned to work full-time following a her long and successful rehabilitation.

The seminar is being held in part to report on the major advances that have been made in stroke care, but also to discuss lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of stroke, since the disease now appears to be striking at younger and younger ages. The lecture will also provide information on what to do if you or a relative should suffer from a stroke.

You can read more about the seminar here (Swedish only):

Photo: Henrik Sandsjö/Göteborg & Co

The day after the ESOC adjourns, the annual half marathon Göteborgsvarvet will be held. Since physical activity prevents stroke and running is usually recommended by healthcare providers as an effective way to lower blood pressure and reduce stress, conference participants will have the opportunity to run with the starting group for Region Västra Götaland. Under the theme “Run fast against stroke”, the ESO hopes that as many participants as possible will take the opportunity to run, while enjoying the sights of Gothenburg.




Photo: Bernstone Fotografi AB/ Göteborg & Co

More than 3,200 delegates participated when Gothenburg and the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre hosted the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) 21–23 March. The annual congress of the EAHP is the largest congress for hospital pharmacists in Europe and has participants from all over the world.

This year’s conference was the 23rd and the theme this year was “Hospital pharmacists – Show us what you can do!” The conference showed what hospital pharmacists have achieved and gave inspiration for future development in hospital pharmacology with its accompanying challenges.

Här är några av de stolta pristagarna på byrån Elemental. Från vänster Victor Oddo, Juan Ignacio Cerda, Diego Torres, Alejandro Aravena och Gonzalo Arteaga
Some of the staff at Elemental. From the left: Victor Oddo, Juan Ignacio Cerda, Diego Torres, Alejandro Aravena och Gonzalo Arteaga

Architect Alejandro Aravena has won the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development of SEK 1 million. “Aravena is an innovative Chilean architect who, along with his colleagues in the ‘Do Tank’ firm Elemental, applies a design philosophy based on making inhabitants part of the solution instead of regarding them as a problem – building bridges of trust between people, companies and governments.”

This is part of the jury statement regarding the winner of the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development. Alejandro Aravena, 49, is based in Santiago, Chile and is noted for his work in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. Elemental is an operational think tank that works to develop strategies and produce good-value housing for economically disadvantaged groups. They operate similarly to a traditional think tank, but they also implement ideas and visions and work to combat segregation, for instance through socially and environmentally sustainable production of economical new housing. Their concept includes providing home buyers with information that enables them to build part of the house themselves. This allows more people to build houses in areas where they would otherwise not have been able to afford to live.

The jury for the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development consists of Lotta Göthe (CEO, Ecoplan In Medio), Elin Eriksson (IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute), Björn Siesjö (Gothenburg city architect), Johanna Stål (editor-in-chief, Camino magazine), Emma Peterson (Hifab) and Thomas Kåberger (Professor, Chalmers).

In 2016, Aravena won the Pritzker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious architectural awards. In the same year, he was invited to be Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale. He will receive the Award on 22 November at Draken, Folkets Hus in Gothenburg. His colleagues from Elemental will also attend the award ceremony. Seminars and lectures will be organised during the award winner’s visit.

Read the whole jury statement on