Suburban development – a search for public domains in Danish suburban neighbourhoods

Bente Melgaard, Claus Bech-Danielsen

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Abstract

These years some of the post-war Danish suburbs are facing great challenges – social segregation, demographic changes and challenges in building technology. In particular, segregation prevents social life from unfolding across social, economic and cultural borders. Therefore, in this paper, potentials for bridge-building across the enclaves of the suburb are looked for through a combined architectural-anthropological mapping of public spaces in a specific suburb in Denmark, the analyses being carried out in the light of Hajer & Reijndorp’s definition of public domains and the term exchange. The results so far show that suburban spaces with a potential for creating bridge-building across the segregated enclaves do exist but that, among other things, focus on spatial design is needed before actual public domains creating the basis for exchange are achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventSUSTAINABLE HOUSING – International Conference on Sustainable Housing Planning, Management and Usability - Rua Dr. Lopo de Carvalho University, Porto, Portugal
Duration: 16 Nov 201618 Nov 2016

Conference

ConferenceSUSTAINABLE HOUSING – International Conference on Sustainable Housing Planning, Management and Usability
LocationRua Dr. Lopo de Carvalho University
CountryPortugal
CityPorto
Period16/11/201618/11/2016

Keywords

  • suburban development
  • public domains
  • suburban neighbourhoods
  • Architectural anthropology

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