Pålsson Urbanism operates with a series of well-defined themes or tools
used in the ongoing conversion of the city. In order to make each theme – or
design tool – operational, they are to be handled separately and with their
own approach. Each theme has special challenges and key focus points for
urban life and urban architecture. Urbanism is city life in interaction with
The chart below shows the 10 themes on a time axis illustrating when they
were manifest as general trends in recent decades of urban conversion in
developed countries. The themes emerge as the answer to the development
in large cities, continually presenting new challenges for structure, living
conditions and physical appearance. These challenges – together with popular
movements – require new answers and new focus on the professional
practice of urban planners, architects, politicians and others.
For each theme we have formulated key focus areas for urban life and urban
architecture. They serve as tools for further specific analysis in every project
case. We have made three short videos to introduce the themes.