AbstractsGeography &GIS

Gentrification and urban planning in Copenhagen

by Giovanni Balslev Olesen

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: gentrification; urban planning; planning; revanchism; emancipatory; neoliberalism; copenhagen
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2063859
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/25263


Cities represent the geographical ground in which neoliberal ideas have been articulated. A large number of researchers have presented their interpretations of the phenomenon of gentrification In this project, we have chosen to use two examples of urban planning within Copenhagen to try to answer How the observation of gentrification processes in Inner Vesterbro and the Holmbladsgade district can be interpreted as the outcome of a neoliberal ideas within urban planning in Copenhagen. To meet that end, we have adapted a four stages model of gentrification which are as follow: (1) reinvestment of capital; (2) social upgrading of locale by incoming highincome groups; (3) landscape change; and (4) direct or indirect displacement of lowincome groups. In addition, we will be analysing the urban renewal in Inner Vesterbro and the Holmbladsgade district improvement through the lens of revanchist city theory and emancipatory city theory. We reach the conclusion that there is a tendency of using neoliberal ideas within urban planning in Copenhagen, and that Copenhagen Municipality is trying to reimagine Copenhagen as a ‘creative city’. Advisors/Committee Members: Christensen, Mathilde Dissing (advisor).