When the book is written, almost a hundred years have passed since Gothenburg’s 300th anniversary and the architecture guide focuses on this very period: from 1921 until the 400th anniversary. Much has changed in a hundred years, but much remains. The guide is laid out with 20 entrances to the city’s places and houses. The entrance can be a specific place or an individual building that opens up for a story about architecture but also about urban development, politics, economics, the history of ideas – everything that architecture is about.
The entrance can also have a more overarching theme such as the tram city, the car city, the subcultures, the art or the children’s city. Each entrance includes a couple of concluding pages with freer associative pictures and quotes and tips on places to eat, books and movies along the way. Maps complement a fuller picture of the city and the landscape that is its basis.

The book The city, the places and the houses: Gothenburg architecture 1921–2021 is published by Arkitektur Förlag and is part of the Gothenburg City Triennial’s program for 2021.

Arkitektur Förlag publishes books on architecture, urban and community building. Over the years, the publisher has, among other things, published guidebooks on Swedish architecture and landscape architecture. The publication also features several biographies of great Swedish architects.

Also available for purchase at Gothenburg Visitor Centre



205 x 270 x 35 mm, about 1500 g Hardcover 404 pages




Eric Dahl Palmér


Claes Caldenby, Dan Hallemar and Cecilia Helsing


Carl Ander and Linda Hutchins and others


SEK 389



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