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The Guide to Silence city of Stockholm project, the most extensive so far, is in its final production phase. >>>

The city of Sundbyberg project is ready. The signposts, brochures and first communicative measures have been successful. >>>

The Guide to Silence book has just gone from "seed to sapling". >>>

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The Stockholm project. 11 nature and culture reserves, 22 walks, 65 identified calm places with diverse natural attributes. From wide lake views to deep forest to open cultural landscapes. More than one million people in the city of Stockholm and suburban cities can access these walks directly from their homes/workplace or after a short commute by bike, metro, bus or car.

Public launch spring 2016, including 11 small brochures, webbinfo, appinfo, signposts and maps at entrances.

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Things we want to highlight in the Stockholm project!

The 11 small brochures will show the way to two walks and 5-7 calm places in each reserve. Both printed and webmaterial will also show how to expand the experience in nature.

The walks will be branded based on accessibility, we use the same idea as for branding of skislopes: green = easy (flat wide trails), blue = intermediate (roots, stones) and red = tuffer (elevation, rough).

Noise maps. With inspiration from the Norwegian mapping of calm areas in Oslo we included noise map for each nature reserve. These maps will give a overview of all the areas. You can directly see which nature reserves have the most and least noise disturbance from traffic. And you also see how the different parts of each reserve are affected.

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If you want a closer look go to our Virtual Walks page, two of the Stockholm walks are included. Contact us if you want more information about the Stockholm project.

Ulf Bohman: ulf.bohman@guidetosilence.org, phone: +46-730-46 13 77, Project manager City of Stockholm, Anna Edström: anna.edstrom@stockholm.se, +46-8-508 28 760.

 

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The Sundbyberg project. Sundbyberg is a direct neighbor to the city of Stockholm and at the same time, by land area, the smallest city/community in all of Sweden. Sundbyberg was in 2014 also the fastest growing community in Sweden. In the already dense city several new building projects are on the way so it was even more encouraging that the city of Sundbyberg wanted to identify and present calm green areas in the midst of its expansion. The key difference from the Stockholm project is that Guide to Silence Sundbyberg includes small parks and green areas as well as one nature reserve.

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Important parts of the Sundbyberg project:

One folder covers the six calm places and five walks. At the start of each walk a map and short explanation is presented on a large sign.  All six places also have our new blue signpost. (We couldn’t find any good signposts to highlight the places we identified, so we designed them - one for the calm and beautiful places in nature and one for stillness in the inner sense).

The blue signpost for outer silence follows the form and color scheme that the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency uses for signposts in nature reserves and national parks. The green sign post for inner stillness will be used in books and digital media to showcase inner stillness.

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You can find all six designated places in Sundbyberg on Google maps. Search with the Swedish spelling: Guide till tystnaden Sundbyberg. One of the Sundbyberg walks Nötbacken, is also included in our Virtual Walks, link.

Contact us for more information: Ulf Bohman: ulf.bohman@guidetosilence.org, phone: +46-730-461377, Project manager Angelica Aronsson City of Sundbyberg, angelica.aronsson@sundbyberg.se, +46 8 706 80 58 On the web: City of Sundbyberg (only in Swedish)

 

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The Guide to Silence book. This book is a slowly growing part of the Guide to Silence project, the timeline is flexible. But it has now gone beyond the idea stage. This is the first paragraph of the introduction.

"We all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence. This house, dedicated to work and debate in the service of peace, should have one room dedicated to silence in the outward sense and stillness in the inner sense”, Dag Hammarskjöld 1957.

Hammarskjöld, the Swedish UN Secretary General wrote this as an introduction for the visitors of the reopened meditation room in the UN-building. Hammarskjöld was also known as an outdoorsman and avid hiker in the Swedish mountains. He had a deep appreciation for nature and visited the area in the picture above (close to Padjelanta National Park in Sweden) several times. Since 1957 the world has become an even more intense and hectic place. Most people live in a high-speed world filled with information and entertainment. The big cities are just getting bigger and nature, space and silence is more and more sparse, especially in the fast growing mega-cities of the world....

More to come. We will post parts of the book as blog-post.

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