A flexible urban space

Eva Aaby
02 Aug 2015
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My bachelor project was in itself an investigation into how to make people interact and accept each other’s excites in a shared common space. Based on the theory of human in public space of Jan and Ingrid Gehls I decided to work with a disadvantaged neighborhood area around Sundholm at Amager in Copenhagen.

Demography of Sundholm is very diverse. It is an area where municipality provides homeless people with food, shelter and medical help, but there is also a public school, kindergarten, juvenile detention center, more housing, galleries and an urban garden nearby.
The urban garden specifically is a place where all these neighbors meet one another and interact. They come there for a variety of reasons, but they all share and enjoy the place and the time there together. Homeless people for example have a daytime job there, kids come in during their school time to hangout and families living nearby use the garden for growing crops, private gatherings or social events.
The main problem with the garden as I see it, is its lack of flexible use. My proposal is to open and extend it towards the road to invite in accidental passers-by in. Furthermore, to place activities that would attract children, teenagers and the families.