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Danish Cultural Institute Lecture

Niels Andersen, Danish Urban Regeneration Society

page updated 3 Sep 2016 ; 20 Feb 2001

Danish Residential Regeneration

Urban Renewal / Residents’ Participation
Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh

Niels Andersen, Director: MA (Political Science) Danish Urban Regeneration Society
20th February 2001 – 3rd Lecture

Review by Adrian Welch Niels took us through Copenhagen’s residential areas one by one: the images were backed up by numerous facts and figures. Niels had worked for many years at trying to involve local residents and their tenants’ associations in regeneration of their urban communities.

Compared to the first of the ‘Tuesday Lectures’ this was more like being back at school with reels of overhead-projected tables and bullet points. The Copenhagen we saw was a less glamorous one than previous talks organised by the Danish Cultural Institute, and we got a real taste of the problems in regenerating Copenhagen’s social housing.

Much of the direction was similar to Scotland’s experience – empowerment, privatisation, budget reduction (‘cuts’), and bottom-up improvement – but much was unfamiliar. The tenant’s structures and right-to-buy schemes sounded interesting compared to our fractured ‘right-to-buy’ policy dating from the eighties, and the overview of different areas showed different urban regeneration solutions.


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