Projekt Åbne Gårdhaver: Project Open Courtyards

Louise Jacobsen, Anne Cecilie Tarras Madsen, Anne Thejl, Charlotte Max Jørgensen & Sarah Sofie Hejgaard Sylvest

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Abstract: Project Open Courtyards This study arises from a normative understanding of the good urban life, and is concerned with the question of what would happen if the enclosed courtyards of St. Kjeld’s Neighbourhood were opened up and made public, so that other citizens from the local area would be able to enjoy them. We’ve entitled the project’s normative vision Project Open Courtyards. Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics provides the framework for the project’s scientific theoretical approach and we have clarified our relevant prejudices and strive to challenge these and use them throughout the report. We are form the beginning of the conviction that Project Open Courtyards will assist the Technical and Environmental Administration of Copenhagen in meeting some of their goals regarding the creation of the good urban life in the City of Copenhagen. The study thus examines the theoretical basis of this utopia – how open courtyards can contribute to the realization of the municipality of Copenhagen’s understanding and vision of the good urban life. The study’s theoretical framework is formed by Zygmunt Bauman’s writings on the alienation of citizens in modern urban societies and is complimented by Jan Gehl’s pragmatic approach concerned with the spatial planning’s influence on everyday actions. The study’s starting point is St. Kjeld’s Neighbourhood in Østerbro, Copenhagen. The municipality of Copenhagen has chosen this area, to become the first neighbourhood in Copenhagen that is to be redesigned with focus on innovative climate adaptation. This will happen simultaneously with the urban renewal process in the area. On these grounds, we are able to conclude that the good urban life encompasses tolerance through diversity. Developing and planning urban environments that invite to socialisation and meetings between the different inhabitants of the city could achieve this goal. In theory Project Open Courtyards can help accomplish this, seeing that segregation is prevented when the local community gains access to the enclosed courtyards and new spaces for social interaction are created and fear of the unknown is eliminated. However not every household in the block, we’ve investigated, are fond of the idea of letting strangers into their private space. The municipality are not interested in forcing an idea like this on the residents and it is therefore concluded that a initiative like Project Open Courtyards should gain it’s support through a public participation process involving not only the residents of a particular block but also the local community. Furthermore we find it necessary to consider the spatial design of the potential open courtyards, and that this should be incorporated into the planning process, to make it a successful initiative. The planning body should investigate how existing plans can be related and incorporated into the initiative and though this, the initiative could gain its legitimacy.

UddannelserPlan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2013
VejledereKatrine Hartmann-Petersen


  • Gårdhaver
  • Gehl
  • Københavns Kommune
  • Åbne gårde
  • Teknik- og Miljøforvaltningen
  • Bauman