Værktøjskassen - Københavns Mobile Reparationscafé

Tora Larsen, Rasmus Bjerring Larsen & Jonathan Munk Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Title: The Toolbox – Copenhagens mobile repair café This study sets out to investigate how social urban initiatives can challenge the common understanding and usage of the metropolitan public space in the municipality of Copenhagen. The main focus will be on ‘Værktøjskassen’ (the toolbox), a camper rebuild as a mobile workshop with adequate tools for woodworks and bike repair, that shall work in the study as an exemplary case by means of exemplifying a distinct kind of social initiatives in Copenhagen. Værktøjskassen is set up as an open and free-to-all workshop in different public location throughout Copenhagen and has an explicit ambition of opposing the consumption-culture by facilitating and teaching bike and woodworks repair and agitating for reuse and repair-principles instead of buying new. The project is initiated amongst others by the researchers themselves, and methods and principles of the actions research methodic approach will be drawn upon in the study. The empirical foundation of the study consists primarily of participatory observations around and interviews with participants of Værktøjskassen and interviews with an employee of the Copenhagen municipality’s administration of public space and an experienced urban project initiator. The analysis will be split into three parts, inspired by the process of Værktøjskassen from the permission phase to the interaction with public space and the social sphere that is created, thereby staying true to the principles of the action research method. The first part of the analysis will investigate the role of social urban initiatives in the Copenhagen municipality’s planning of the public space. Here, the interviews will be viewed through Henri Lefebvre’s triad of common space power, giving an understanding whether potential openings can be seen in public space planning of the municipality, in terms of involving the prime project initiators of the city. The second part will investigate the mutual influence between the workshop and the public space and potential dependence of Værktøjskassen on established public spaces of the city, drawing upon Lefebvres rhythmic analytic tools and the observations in the analysis. The third part of the analysis the theoretical views from Bauman and Maffesoli will be used to identify the social space created around Værktøjskassen with primary empirical backing in the participatory observations as well. The analysis will be followed by a discussion, focusing on the possible future improvements for Værktøjskassen, in regard to challenging the common understanding of urban space, establishing a sense of community around the workshop, and spreading the ideas of repairing-culture. The conclusion of the study emphasizes the importance of the connection between ideas and practices within the urban social initiatives, in order to create counter-spaces and constitute alternatives to the established spatial planning and practices within the municipality of Copenhagen.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato16 jun. 2014
VejledereLars Petersen


  • Urban Project
  • Action Research