Leipziger Freiheit: En undersøgelse af de vage rum i Leipzig

Morten Brok Steffensen, Ingri Høyland Kvamstad & Tabitha Skovby Burke

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


This bachelor thesis revolves around vacant spaces in Leipzig. The eastern German city has previously undergone a longer period of shrinkage. Transformations due to the political shift of 1989 led to social and economical consequences, which impacted the structure of the city. These changes entailed a major oversupply of vacant spaces. Accordingly it is found interesting to examine the spaces and the hereby ascribed value. This leads to a main focus regarding how vacant spaces are implemented on a strategic level and used on a local level, in the light of shrinkage. Moreover the thesis resolves around the identity that surrounds the vacant spaces. Further it is considered to what extent the current demographic shift might influence the vacant spaces in Leipzig. The outlined tendencies lead to a discussion of socio-spatial patterns. Through a field study in Leipzig, several methods outline the empirical data. The methods include Flâneur, methods of observations, drifting, walk-alongs and interviews. With reference to Jan Lilliendahl Larsen and Lefebvre, the theoretical term Vagueness in addition to context based research regarding shrinking cities supplement the empirical data in the analysis and discussion. The thesis suggests that oversupply of vacant spaces has affected shrinking strategies but also a frequent reutilization of space. Strategies have created possibilities for more green and recreational areas. Pioneers and initiators have used space for social and cultural projects resulting in a needed cohesion under times of shrinkage. It hereby appears as the dynamic between strategies and local initiators have entailed a certain character of vacant spaces in Leipzig. Citizens and initiators use the term Leipziger Freiheit to characterize the freedom and identity that surrounds vacant spaces in Leipzig. The proportions of reutilizations in Leipzig represent an interesting opposite when it comes to strategic use, identity and socio-spatial patterns. However the report stress the impact of Leipzigs new growth and it is questioned rather citizens and planners possess the opportunity to withhold the potentials within the vacant spaces.

UddannelserPlan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2016
Antal sider59
VejledereMartin Severin Frandsen


  • vage rum
  • Leipzig
  • Tyskland
  • Shrinkage
  • Skrumpende by
  • Shrinking management
  • Lilliendahl
  • Vaghed