World in Denmark 2014 - Tracks

Track 1: Process, site, and nature

Danish and Nordic planning and urban space design is often presented as particularly site-specific and in line with nature. The practices of designers and planners are culturally grounded and imply certain habits of thought. The way that we understand site, nature and identity has deep roots and colours our daily working approaches. How does interpretation of site, nature and identity influence design and planning? And what happens when certain mindsets encounter and negotiate between different professions, regions and cultural spheres?

Track 2: Liveability, welfare, and democracy

Liveability, democracy and citizen’s participation are often associated with welfare planning as practiced in Scandinavia and Northern Europe. And yet, such concepts are not indigenous to this part of the world, neither necessarily constant. How are such concepts defined and practiced by different actors in the design and planning of open spaces? How are the spaces of the heydays of welfare urbanism in the 1960s and 1970s handled today? The financial crisis has been much less severe in Scandinavia than in many other regions. Is the Scandinavian idea of liveability and welfare planning relevant in other parts of the world?  Are notions of liveability and welfare universal? What is democratic planning in Scandinavia and in other countries – historically and in the present?

Track 3: Traditions, narratives, and politics

Behind the construction of an architectural movement, like the Nordic, there is always someone, and there are always certain agendas. In this track, we ask who produces and promotes a certain planning tradition - why, for whom and with which implications? How come that a certain formal language becomes connected to a certain set of values? How are design and planning approaches appropriated, reproduced, and altered in specific contexts? How do the construction and deconstruction of narratives influence our cities? In this track we will look into questions about subjectivity, and power.

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