|The Lost and Preserved City. Stockholm 1919-1994|
|The lost and preserved city. The Influence of the "Beauty council" on the city of Stockholm 1919-2004
The Beauty Council of Stockholm is as old as the Swedish democracy. Since 1919, the Council has represented the interests of the inhabitants of Stockholm in matters relating to the city's natural surroundings, aesthetic values and cultural monuments. During the Council's many years of activity, the Swedish society and Stockholm have undergone major changes and thus has the potential for the Councils action changed form. The Beauty Council's work over nearly a century ought to have taken different routs and should have had an impact on the cityscape, but we do not know how or to what extent the Council has served the city and its inhabitants for its history has not been written, and its activity has not been scientifically analyzed. The project aims to, through its archive, explore the Beauty Council's role, activities and significance in the city of Stockholm during the years 1919-2004.
The project will focus on historical change within four target areas that ought to have facilitated or obstructed the work of the council: The structural conditions, like population growth and economic conditions. The internal conditions, like the memberís composition and memberís preferences. The external conditions, like the political and economic arena and the main figures in this arena. And finally, the councilís power/influence and democratic mandate. How have these factors affected the actions of the Beauty Council and the way in which the Council has acted in order to affect the city?
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