Mennesker og det fysiske rum - et gensidigt påvirkningsforhol

Anna Drews, Sofie Nordentoft, Sofie Nedergård, Sille Barrett & Monica Bengtsen

Student thesis: Termpaper


This project concerns the potential link between the physical layout of public space with the activities that are performed in the area. We wish to investigate whether the material design of a public space has an impact on individuals’ behavior, specifically as an enabler of alcohol consumption. We chose Dronning Louises Bro (Queen Louise’s Bridge), in Copenhagen, as our case study due to its location and because the Danish youth’s has adopted this bridge as their public “hangout” spot on warm summer days. Since there is frequent alcohol consumption in this area, we questioned the reason as to why that is, as well as any possible impact that material surroundings may contribute to the social acceptance of this phenomenon. In this project, alcohol consumption is seen as problematic, due to the effect it has on the human body; and because drinking has been incorporated into Danish youth culture. The purpose of our project is to shed light on a possible connection between the physical appearance of a public space and the alcohol consumption in that area; a relationship we feel had previously been unexplored. We believe that this connection could be of particular interest in future city-planning initiatives, to influence the forthcoming behavior within the area. Through “document analysis” we observe the users of this bridge to gain insight into their actions for our reflection. Furthermore, we wish to compare and contrast our findings with the theories of John Pløger, Jan Gehl and Dag Østerberg. In doing so, we hope to provide a deeper understanding of the impact that the design of our physical surroundings has on the public’s behavior. In conclusion, we determined that there is no causal relationship between the physical design of public space with alcohol consumption, but that the physical appearance of a public space does have an impact on human behavior within that same area.

EducationsBasic - Bachelor Study Program in Humanistisk-Technology, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
Publication date19 Dec 2013
SupervisorsCharlotte Grum


  • Socio-materielt handlingsfelt
  • Byrum
  • determinisme
  • Alkohol