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A green and diverse city


Linda Genborg 2011-11-24

Björn Siesjö is the new city architect in Gothenburg. The recruitment process has been long and surrounded by secrecy. The name of the new city architect is not supposed to be made public until Friday, but GP was able to announce the name this morning.

Björn Siesjö is based in Gothenburg and is one of three co-founders of the architect bureau Kanozi in 2001.

The 51-year-old father of four was born in Lund but now lives in Kungsladugård with his family. His CV includes for example city planning, industry buildings, schools, offices, houses and villas. He used to teach at Chalmers University and has won several architecture competitions such as the Västra Hamnen in Malmö, offices for Skanska in Gårda and the Läkemedlescentrum on Medicinareberget in Gothenburg.

More small-scale works by Björn Siesjö that can be found in Gothenburg include Älvsnabben's ferry stop shelter at Lindholmspiren and the interior design of Nöller espressobar in Haga.

A columnist in GP states that Björn Siesjö is man who thinks green. He wants to build dense, mixed, green and diverse. Cars should not take over the city. Björn Siesjö is quoted as having said: "In Gothenburg, the cars have been given priority. This leads to that the city is cut off in different ways by traffic routes. In a dense and well thought-out and sustainable city it is easy to ride your bicycle and walk, and feel safe at the same time".

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