Metropolby København

Julie Lund Jeppesen, Sebastian Lund Saust, Marie Mi Skov, Thomas Brydensholt Hansen & Marie Ungfelt

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This study examines the relationship between two major conceptual architectural forces surrounding the urban development of the City of Copenhagen as well as other Western global cities in general. Within a historical approach, these architectural forces of influence, take shape as constructed hypothetical ideal types, two of which we dub metropolization and its counterpart the specificity of the local. With departure in contemporary political debate, these two terms are launched into an analysis of newly constructed and high profile architectural signature buildings throughout the geography of Copenhagen. With the aim of elucidating how architecture characterizes current society, it is examined how the specificity of the local is continually, but in contemporary architecture, intensively, challenged by metropolization driven by notions of globalization and capitalism. This challenge though, has not gone uncontested by the municipality of Copenhagen, which in the recent decade in turn, has formulated policies to preserve the specificity in local architecture. In the context of this conceptual encounter of ideal types in recent urban architecture, a distinctive form of metropol has taken shape in Copenhagen. One that partly emphasizes policies of welfare and local identity above global symbolic competitiveness by all means, thus rejecting the ideal type of the metropol. However, as our results indicate, there is still need of further engagement and insight in this complex negotiation. So that Copenhagen socially, economically as well as self consciously, can continue to be a unique and locally distinctive metropol - as metropolized generic architecture in its purest form, still is seeking to capitalize on the collective symbolic capital of local identity.

UddannelserPlan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato30 dec. 2016
Antal sider85
VejledereJesper Visti Hansen


  • Metropol
  • København
  • Gentrificering
  • Arkitektur
  • Egenart