In the light of the new forms of participation that gradually take root in urban planning, this master thesis will draw attention to the vulnerable citizens whose voice and position is often not heard. In the urban project Albertslund 2024, Albertslund Municipality has tested some reaching-out street meetings but there are still many citizens, including vulnerable groups, who haven’t participated. The master thesis examines, what barriers are the basis for non-participation by using Henri Lefebvre’s critique of everyday life and the concept of production of space. It then examines, by using Lefebvre’s utopias, which ideas and dreams for the city, the vulnerable citizens have and whether there is potential to mobilize a political empowerment to strengthen their participation in the long term. The analysis will continually deal with the challenges, caused by the effort for an increased participation in urban planning in Albertslund as well as generally in the country. Based on John Friedmann’s planning typologies, different views of democracy, political strategies and ideas of good urban living, the thesis discusses whether and when it may be appropriate to involve vulnerable citizens in urban development.
|Educations||Planning Studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Graduate|
|Publication date||15 Jul 2014|
|Supervisors||Lasse Martin Kofoed|
- Henri Lefebvre
- Udsatte grupper