Kritisk By/ Critical City

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9788774074366

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Critical City - The success and failure of the Danish welfare city. A debate book that uses essays, images and interviews with leading architects and urbanists to discuss the Danish welfare city anno 2019. This book is also available at the Danish Association of Architects, Åbenrå 34

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Critical City - The success and failure of the Danish welfare city.

Paradoxically, the Danish welfare city has proved both a historical success and – perhaps – an even greater failure in the late modern era. While cities like Copenhagen and Aarhus bask in international attention and admiration over the high quality of life they offer, cities in general are facing serious economic imbalances and long-term structural challenges that hamper their economic and sustainable development. Within a short period of time, the Danish welfare citieshave developed into well-off cities’ for the affluent.

Critical Cityis a debate book that uses essays, images and interviews with leading architects and urbanists to discuss the Danish welfare city anno 2019. World famous for their pristine harbours with water clean enough for bathing, their unique bike culture and their focus on generous public spaces and buildings, the Danish welfare cities have had an unprecedented influx of residents in recent years. Former dock areas have been transformed into blue parks, while urban spaces of all kinds have been upgraded with bike paths and recreative activities. However, in a short space of time, the welfare city has become a place where fewer and fewer of those with low or middle incomes can afford to live, where the general housing policy has failed and where climate adaptation is both difficult and slow. This has serious implications for many people and puts pressure on the city as a space where people from all walks of life should be able to feel at home. Within two decades, our basic notion of the city as an accessible, common space for anybody who wants to pursue an urban lifestyle has been turned upside down. ‘The well-off city’ is here to stay, and it doesn’t belong to the great majority. 

Key urbanist concepts such as liveablity, gentrification, collectivity and risk are reviewed and debated to explain the urban-ideological trends that define the cities of today. 

The book is bilingual, Danish/English. 

Critical Citytargets a wide audience with an interest in urbanism and contemporary architecture. Both language and topics will appeal to anyone with an interest in urban development.


Kritisk By / Critical Cityis an expanded and elaborated version of two special issues of the architectural journal Arkitekten(2016 11/12) which reviewed the urbanistic concept of liveability and was guest-edited by Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss in close collaboration with Arkitekten’s editorial staff, Martin Keiding (editor-in-chief) and Anne Pind.

Contributors:

Edited by Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss, with contributions by Deane Simpson (professor, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture), Peter Schultz Jørgensen (architect and author), Jens Kvorning (professor, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture), Keller Easterling (professor, Yale), Karsten R. S. Ifversen (architectural editor), Cecilie Nellemann (graphic designer and photographer), Tom Nielsen (professor, Aarhus School of Architecture), Jeff Risom (partner, Gehl Architects), Kathrin Gimmel (founder, JaJa), Dan Stubbergaard (founder, 

Format13,5 x 20,5 cm
Published2019
LanguageDansk/Engelsk
ISBN9788774074366
PublisherArkitektens Forlag
BindingSoft cover
Page count352
EditorRedigeret af Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss