The initiative to hold a research conference in Stockholm under the umbrella of IAPS, the International Association for People-Environment Studies, was taken in 1992, when KTH's School of Architecture offered to arrange a housing network conference in the summer of 1995. When the IAPS Board later asked us to transform our offer into organizing the 14th IAPS conference scheduled for 1996, we were hesitant to accept the task due to the vast responsibility involved, but were subsequently persuaded to do so.