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Design Calls for Swedish City to Be Relocated 2 Miles East Due to Mining

Rodrigo Mejia

Over the next 25 years, some 18,000 residents in the small, northern Swedish town of Kiruna will be relocated two miles down the road--and their city is coming along for the ride. Built around the world's largest iron ore mine, deeper exploration has meant an unsettling in the ground beneath the town. Architects, in turn, came up with "Kiruna 4-Ever," a gradual expansion to the east that moves residents, their city hall, train station, and landmarks into a "less fragmented" city layout.

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  • Adele Peters

    Amazing story. I wonder what could happen if the billion dollars was invested in recycling iron, or developing alternate materials, instead....