‘Nordic Urban Planning – Sharing Knowledge Across the Northern Countries’ is the topic of this master thesis. The Northern cities are facing a series of parallel planning challenges while at the same time possessing similar geographical, structural and organizational features, which enables the cities to learn from each other’s experiences. The Nordic societies are founded on the same values based on the Welfare State model including democracy, sustainability and appreciation of social justice as well as having an interwoven history. The aim is to investigate the possibilities to revitalize Nordic co-operations in the elds of urban planning. To explore this, we have based our study on four Nordic cities: Roskilde (DK), Tórshavn (FO), Malmö (SE) and Tromsø (NO), where we address a speci c and exemplary co-operation topic, namely ’The Wintercity’, which serves as the focal point of what knowledge-sharing can concern.
Through our study, we have identi ed features and terms that the contemporary urban development is in uenced by. In this regard, the globalization serves as a basic premise for urban planning and knowledge-sharing in the Nordic cities. We have demonstrated how processes on different scales can interact and that studies on city level can’t be made without including external trends of globalization. We have argued that the Nordic cities have prerequisites to practice knowledge-sharing in the elds of urban planning, in spite of globalization trends that challenge and set new requirements to previous co- operation forms. Based on our empirical data, we have demonstrated the challenges and the potentials that our informants see in the urban planning collaboration. The municipal planners, that we have interviewed, have shown interest in, and a willingness to, develop their understanding of Wintercity planning. Regarding the planning and knowledge-sharing about ‘The Wintercity’, we present a series of theoretical and practical planning approaches that this can be built on. The network-based planning is an integral part of the urban planning in Nordic cities and we have emphasized that the knowledge- sharing has to involve municipal administrations across the Nordic cities and include a wide range of stakeholders and citizens through democratic planning processes. We have also highlighted that the development of the Wintercity-concept advantageously can be done through an experimental planning approach where the nal goal and the methods for reaching it not are predetermined.
Although many factors are pulling away from Nordic co-operation and the globalized trends are increasing the requirements of the physical meetings, we conclude that the Nordic cities have at latent potential for sharing knowledge and addressing urban planning challenges together. Therefore, knowledge-sharing still is relevant. We also conclude that Nordic co-operation can help maintain the common Nordic welfare values, and ensure inclusive, eventful cities - where all citizens have the right to the city, even in the winter.
|Uddannelser||Geografi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatPlan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||28 jan. 2017|
|Vejledere||Lasse Martin Koefoed & John Andersen|
- Nordisk byplanlægning