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Mattias Kärrholm


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Migration, place-making and the rescaling of urban space


  • Mattias Kärrholm
  • Tina Gudrun Jensen
  • Laleh Foroughanfar
  • Rebecka Söderberg

Summary, in English

The purpose of this article is to contribute to a refined perspective on how the practices of everyday life can challenge existing spatial scale relations, as well as produce new ones, and how this in turn can be addressed by planning. The investigation is based on a discussion of empirical studies dealing with the role of migrants in processes of place-making and urban transformation. In the article, we look particularly at how migrants challenge more established scale relations of certain places and cities in Nordic countries. We illustrate how cases of heterogenic place-making contest established urban scales such as the home, the neighbourhood and the city, and suggest a series of modalities that may be used in the context of urban planning and design, to describe and study these processes in greater detail. The modalities include the notions of extension and compression, up- and downscaling, side-stepping and a multiple order of scales.


  • Department of Architecture and Built Environment
  • Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies

Publishing year





European Planning Studies

Document type

Journal article


Taylor & Francis


  • Human Geography
  • Architectural Engineering


  • scale
  • everyday life
  • migration
  • place-making




  • ISSN: 1469-5944