As we enter the new millennium, servicing, transport and information technology are becoming some of the key factors that will shape the urban form. In our cities, towns and villages, this is strongly reflected in the discussion of the built environment. The urban neighbourhood still remains the natural level where people can share a common space and shared identity. The discussion also draws attention to the important role new urban neighbourhoods will play in the information age during this century, at least in northern modern cities. In this context, the question of ‘why go anywhere?’ evolves into the idea of self-sustained communities as centres of improved living and alternative workplaces. This would eventually strengthen networks of spatial and social patterns.This paper argues that a more sustainable urban form can be achieved if future dwelling places are enjoyable for living and working, safe for our children, dynamic and sociable places. Having this in mind, the paper explores concepts of urban villages and new urbanism within the context of liveable cities. The paper draws attention to two Swedish urban neighbourhood examples of different character: Lidingö Centrum and Jarla Sjö, both in Greater Stockholm. Examination of these provides a better understanding of how these concepts might be implemented and sheds some light on a theme they both share – sustainable living for the 21st century.
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