There is a general conflict affecting open space design. Opinions advocating design for multifunctional use over time, is as general sites stand against goaloriented approaches in which open speces are specified and functionally defined as a basis for their spatial distribution and arrangement. In Sweden the goaloriented approach resulting in technical standards for open spaces has had an immense impact since 1960. The dominating result is a highly static and atomized environment. The basic problem affects both the goaloriented approach as such and its implementation in a technically dominated building process.