Denmark: Intervention Dilemma in South Harbour and Aalborg East

Jesper Rohr Hansen, Lars A. Engberg

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APRILab WP1 starts from the hypothesis that to address the intervention dilemma, any planning process needs to integrate the capacity to combine, integrate and flexibly navigate between the open and close contours of intervention processes throughout time and space. For this sake we have investigated the incremental progress of the project management both in terms of programming (time) and definition of areas of target (space). In particular, we assume that, despite its capacity of responsiveness and engagement, elements of ‘spontaneity’ actually might lead to situations of uncertainty and un-control in urban intervention, and create disengagement between short term outcomes and long terms objectives (time), as well as between micro-practices and larger dynamics (space). In this report, a summary is made concerning the key findings related to the ‘intervention dilemma’ of planning between control and spontaneity (Savini, Salet, & Majoor, 2014). Two cases are analysed in two cities in Denmark: The suburban case of Aalborg East, and a brownfield case in Copenhagen, the South Harbour. The main difference between the two Danish cases are the collective points of action which were set in motion enduring planning processes in the urban fringe. In the Copenhagen Case, this happened from 1999-2003, in which the Head of Planning and his municipal allies were able to make a showcase that convinced developers to invest in a neighbourhood by proposing to build dwellings along the harbour in a former industrial, ill-reputed brownfield area; whereas in Aalborg East, this point of collective action is still open: will collaborators succeed in supporting a joint agenda? Is it possible for Aalborg Municipality to enable this sort of collaborative, flexible planning? Will one of the actors succeed in demonstrating a strategic leadership that will convince collaborators of the added value of the project, in order to change the status quo in the huge, fragmented suburban area of Aalborg East? For general background information concerning the context of the cases, the reader should consult the case-study descriptions already developed (Hansen, Savini, Wallin, & Mäntysalo, 2013).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntervention Dilemma Descriptions. Deliverable 2a.
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, University of Amsterdam
Publication date2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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