World City 1950—

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In the new suburbs the buildings are modern och tall.

Stockholmers can now enjoy years of record rises in living standards, with suburbs served by the Metro railway and rubbish shoots in residential buildings. However, their city will never be the same again. And what do those kids with green spiky hair really want?

Stockholmers move out to new homes in the suburban Swedish folkhemmet; their lives measured, calculated and standardised to achieve the ultimate in functional socialism. Vällingby and Farsta, the first of the ABC towns — Arbete (work), Bostad (home) and Centrum (town centre) — fill with teenagers hanging out at newly built youth clubs drinking Zingo. Or perhaps they gather on Kungsgatan for coffee, to visit to the cinema or cruise the street in vintage cars.

Older buildings in the city are raised to the ground to be replaced by shopping precincts, office blocks and multi-storey carparks. An enormous housing programme proceeds at breakneck speed and soon there are 100 kilometres of underground railway lines connecting new suburbs, both to the north and south of the city.

In the Stockholm City Museum at Slussen, feminist organisation Group 8 raises its voice to be heard, while longhaired activists hang in the trees of Kungsträdgården to protest the demolitions and mass automobile ownership. In the late 1970s, punk becomes the protest movement of choice for bored suburban youth.

We round off our historical tour through the building by viewing artworks from 1600 onwards that reflect the city’s kaleidoscopic development. And the intimate, illuminated model of the Klara neighbourhood, the impressive seventeenth-century model of Norrmalm and the model of the Katarina Lift with restauranteur Lallerstedt in all of his miniature glory.

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