Sydhavnen - Populariserings ambivalens

Mikkel Schlaikjær Kofod

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This study focuses on the urban development project in Sydhavnen - an old working class
neighbourhood in Copenhagen and how the development group, Områdefornyelse
Sydhavnen, which is governed by the municipality of Copenhagen, can upgrade the area both
social and physical without destroying the spirit of Sydhavnen - sydhavnsånden.
This study explores how the municipality of Copenhagen and Områdefornyelse Sydhavnen
relates to their own plan of den sammenhængende by – the cohesive city, and also if they are
working against a gentrification in the part of Copenhagen called Sydhavnen. The thing is,
that Vesterbro, another part of Copenhagen, was upgraded in the 1990’s and it resulted in a
gentrification and maybe the same thing will happen in Sydhavnen, because Sydhavnen is
roughly similar the old Vesterbro. Therefore, this study also explores how the municipality
will avoid the same abortive process and examine how they are using their experiences.
The theoretical view used in this project is Loretta Lees’ text Gentrification and Social
Mixing: Towards an Inclusive Urban Renaissance?, which focuses on the negative
consequences of gentrification.
Using interpretation as a method of three published documents from the municipality of
Copenhagen, Kvarterplan Områdefornyelse Sydhavnen, Københavns Kommuneplan 2015,
and Sydhavnens By- og Handelsliv, we can point out where Områdefornyelse Sydhavnen and
the municipality of Copenhagen works according to Lees’ understanding, and where they do
This thesis concludes that Områdefornyelse Sydhavnen and the municipality of Copenhagen
do not agree on all parameters, especially in correlation with social mixing. Områdefornyelse
Sydhavnen advocates the diversity of the citizens and the municipality of Copenhagen wants
to even out the diversity. They do both advocate that Sydhavnen needs to grow economically
through popularization which calls for a gentrification. And how does that work with the
vision about keeping the spirit of Sydhavnen alive?

UddannelserPlan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato31 maj 2017
Antal sider59
VejledereLasse Martin Koefoed


  • Sydhavnen
  • Gentrification
  • Områdefornyelse