As of Government Bill 2017/18:110, the national objective for Swedish cultural policy in the area of architecture, form, and design is that “Architecture, form and design must contribute to a sustainable, equal, and less segregated society with carefully designed living environments, where everyone is given good conditions to influence the development of the common environment. The goal is to be achieved as follows:
- sustainability and quality will not be the subject of short-term economic considerations,
- knowledge of architecture, form and design will be developed and disseminated,
- the public sector acts will be exemplary,
- aesthetic, artistic and cultural-historical values will be utilized and developed,
- environments will be designed to be accessible to all, and
- cooperation and collaboration will be developed, domestically and internationally.”
The policy area includes several government agencies, and also affects municipalities in their work with city planning. The National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design (ArkDes), the Swedish Arts Council, and the Swedish National Heritage Board have a central role in this policy area. The National Board of Housing, Building and Planning has been charged by the government (N2018 / 02273 / SPN) to coordinate policy, monitor development, increase competence, and guide government agencies, regional councils, and municipalities in the area of architecture and planning.
The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design (ArkDes) is a government agency and a collecting institution, acting as a knowledge centre in the area of architecture and design, focusing on the intersections between architecture, art, design, landscape and the public space, and including the implementation of Agenda 2030’s goal 12 on sustainable consumption and production.