Overcoming the isolation of disadvantaged housing areas

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Disadvantaged social housing areas in Denmark are currently subject to more thorough physical refurbishments, aiming to overcome the isolated character of the housing estates. The ambition is to attract new users and residents by opening up the borders of the area and establish attractive, new penthouse flats, new urban functions within the area or spectacular new public spaces near it. In this paper the social impact of such transformations are analysed and discussed based on case-studies in 3 Danish areas. The analysis shows that especially everyday-route strategies adding new public functions within the area can pave can the way for integration with the surroundings. The applicability of such strategies is however highly dependent on context, location and existing image. Social distance may sustain though physical borders are removed, yet, the negative image of the areas can in itself call for attempts to open up and attract new users and residents.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date29 Jun 2016
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2016
Eventenhr conference - Nordirland, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Jun 20161 Jul 2016


Conferenceenhr conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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