Seminar: Moving a City – Kiruna

When: 05 Mar
8.30 am - 9.30 am

Location: Nobel Hall, House of Sweden, Washington

Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost city is on the move. For the first time in history an entire city is being moved two miles. The city, which is home to one of the world’s largest underground iron ore mines, operated by LKAB, is sinking due to land deformation caused by mining activity. The dilemma now is: move brick by brick or be swallowed by the mine?

White Arkitekter won an international competition in 2013 for the new masterplan and strategy of how to relocate the city. The first phase of their 100-year strategy broke ground in early 2014.

Monica von Schmalensee, CEO, White Arkitekter, Mikael Stenqvist, Architect, White Arkitekter, will speak about Kiruna – one of the biggest urban transformations of all time. This project, financed by the mining company and the municipality, aims to create an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable modern city.

This event is held in collaboration with White Arkitekter AB and Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce DC.
Read more about the event.

White Arkitekter has curated an exhibition, Moving a City: A Cabinet of Curiosities from Kiruna, for the House of Sweden in Washington D.C. Read more about the exhibition.

Kiruna square winter (1920x1200)