Gustaf Richard Yngve Larsson (Swedish: [ˈʏŋːvɛ ˈlɑːʂɔn]; born December 13, 1881 in Sundsvall, died December 16, 1977 in Stockholm) was a Swedish Ph.D., Municipal commissioner (Borgarråd), Member of Parliament and statesman.
He was a marked modernist and was for 22 years a leading vice Mayor of Stockholm, in charge of urban development, and politically leading behind several of the city's largest urban development projects of the 20th century, including Slussen, Stockholm Metro and the major redevelopment of Norrmalm borough in central Stockholm. Larsson's role in the post-war planning of Stockholm and its new suburbs was internationally recognized. The American city planner Clarence Stein wrote that:
|“||They have developed an organization for city building that is second only to that of the London County Council. But it differs from that in having a broader, more complete goal and ideal. This has been due I think largely to Yngve Larsson's statesmanship; also to his sympathetic understanding with Markelius and Sidenbladh as architect-planners, and with Holger Blom (an architect, too), who makes the parks throughout Stockholm rich with blooming color.||”|
|— Clarence Stein,1960, |
During the Second World War, Larsson was also a leading Nordic anti-nazi, and a board member of Samfundet Nordens Frihet and chairman of Svensk-Norska föreningen. He was awarded several Swedish and foreign state orders. In 1946, King Haakon VII appointed Larsson as a Commander with Star of the Norwegian Order of St. Olav "for particularly outstanding merits of the Norwegian Resistance during the war." He also received the French Legion of Honour, Swedish Order of the Polar Star and Order of Vasa and the Order of the White Rose of Finland.
- Stein 1998, p. 600
- Yngve Larsson at Swedish Wikipedia
Literature in English
- Thomas Julius Anton (1975). Governing Greater Stockholm: A Study of Policy Development and System Change. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-02718-3.
- Deland, Mats (2001). The Social City : Middle-way approaches to housing and sub-urban governmentality in southern Stockholm, 1900-1945 (PDF). Stockholm: Stockholms universitet. ISBN 91-88882-17-9.
- Larsson, Yngve (1962). "Building a city and a metropolis : the planned development of Stockholm". Journal of the American Institute of Planners. USA. 28 (4): 220–228.
- Larsson, Yngve; Pieter de Wolff; Lauchlin Currie (1967). Governmental planning and political economy. Royer Lectures. Berkeley, California: Institute of Business and Economic Research, Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California.
- Oser, Jacob (1967). "Reviewed work(s): Governmental Planning and Political Economy by Yngve Larsson; Pieter deWolff; Lauchlin Currie". Journal of Economic Issues. 1 (3): 244–246. JSTOR 4223854.
- Pass, David (1973). Vällingby and Farsta - from idea to reality: the new community development process in Stockholm. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-16034-X.
- Skårfors, Rikard (1999). Beslutsfattandets dilemma: planarbete och opinionsyttringar rörande trafikleder i Stockholm 1945-1975. Working papers in transport and communication history, 1104-6988 ; 1999:2. Uppsala: Uppsala University.
- Stein, Clarence (1998). Kermit C. Parsons, ed. The Writings of Clarence S. Stein: Architect of the Planned Community. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-5756-2.
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