The second day of the tenth Royal Colloquium at Gripsholm Castle began on Thursday 12 May.
The day started with a discussion entitled "Urban living conditions and quality of life", between researcher Dana Cuff from the University of California and architect and author Göran Tannerfeldt. This was followed by a short break.
Researcher Terry Callaghan in front of John Erik Franzén's portrait of the Royal Family.Terry Callaghan: This is the third time I have attended. I also hosted a Royal Colloquium a few years ago in Abisko, where I work. The first session today was excellent. Not having Powerpoint presentations also makes it easier, you get a good discussion going instead of long lectures. I'm going to speak tomorrow and I've prepared by seeing what themes the others have brought up. The fact that The King, and yesterday the Crown Princess, gets involved in these kinds of meetings is important for us researchers.
After the break, The King introduced the next topic: Urban transportation and communications.
The King then handed over to Leif Johansson, outgoing CEO of Volvo and newly appointed Chairman of Ericsson. Mr Johansson spoke about urbanisation from an infrastructure perspective, and about the importance of stable political leadership.
Chris Barnett then gave an address and highlighted the risks involved in planning too far ahead. His point was that a city's infrastructure should be expanded gradually so as to avoid getting stuck using outmoded techniques.
The King together with County Governor Per Unckel.
Per Unckel: This is the first time I've attended a Royal Colloquium. It's a very good format. We have the same discussion for three days, but we look at it from new angles, so that the discussion goes deeper each time. I found Chris Barnett's thoughts very inspiring; how can we plan ahead so that we don't tie ourselves to old techniques? There are a lot of inspiring people here. Thanks to The King, all these scientists gather here from all over the world.
Göran Tannerfeldt: I'm here as an architect and the former head of SIDA's work with cities. I'm optimistic about the future of cities and I want to highlight the fact that people move to cities to create a better life. And in many cases they succeed. Between 2000 and 2010, almost 230 million people raised themselves out of poverty. I'm delighted to be here. A new network is being created and I also believe it's important that The King gains an insight into these issues, since he meets so many different people.
During the afternoon, a recording was made of a discussion between The King, Leif Johansson and Professor of Economics Åke E. Andersson. The discussion was led by Malcolm Dixelius. The King summed up his impressions of the morning and emphasised the importance of building sustainable cities, as well as of constructing areas for people to meet to promote creativity.
Following the final session of the afternoon, all the participants met in Gustaf III's Theatre at the top of the theatre tower at Gripsholm Castle. It is the second oldest theatre still in use in the world. The stage set on display was designed for a comedy written by Gustaf III, called "Queen Kristina". The theatre is only used very rarely today. However, a rare exception was made during the evening as flautist Per Gross performed both modern and traditional works, together with two other musicians. The evening ended with a dinner in the White Room. All photos: David Löfvendahl/Kungahuset.se