Copenhagen – Urbanplanen

Urbanplanen is one of Copenhagen’s and Denmark’s largest cohesive social housing residential areas with approximately 6.000 residents and approximately 3.200 rentals. The total size of the area is 470 Hectares of which 50 is public green spaces including a park and several staffed playgrounds and community-run urban gardens. The public green spaces are used actively by local residents as well as citizens in the surrounding neighbourhood and therefore provide a site of integration and potential for social cohesion. Additionally, the staffed playgrounds have an active partnership with the other staffed playgrounds in Copenhagen and frequently exchange plant materials between the sites. Planned and informal in-between spaces on site are therefore seen as positive meeting places and diverse swaths of local residents are actively involved in caring for these spaces. Yet little is known about the local attachment to and feelings about the site’s urban nature.

In Urbanplanen we will explore the existing multi-form partnerships and innovative approaches to mosaic governance of in-between spaces led by local residents, partners from the municipality, local SMEs and artists.

Safety and the overall reputation of the area represent some of the main challenges facing local residents, the municipality, and the many on-site partners in ensuring a high quality of life for residents. Through our working packages we will address these challenges in support of the delivery of short-and long-term benefits of in-between-spaces for human wellness and livelihoods in Urbanplanen.

Malmö- Lindängen

Lindängen is located in the southern part of Malmö, with a population of 7.000 people. Program Lindängen 2018- 2022 is a 5-year program aiming to increase employment, enhance security, and create opportunities for everyone to influence the area’s development. The City’s administrations, property owners, social entrepreneurs and residents will be involved in planning for housing, construction of a new school, and establishment of a public square.

In Lindängen we will explore the multi-form partnerships developed to support Program Lindängen, as well as identify new possibilities for promoting biodiversity conservation, social inclusion and well-being in in-between spaces through mosaic governance.

Södertalje – Ronna

Södertalje is an industrial city of about 93.202 inhabitants with a growing business community with an estimated 600 companies being established every year and plans to develop Södertälje Science Park in the coming years. It is also a culturally mixed municipality with about 80 languages spoken and an estimated 39 percent of Södertälje’s inhabitants having foreign backgrounds, and this proportion increases by 1.5 percent per year.

The work we plan to undertake in Södertalje seeks to study current formal and informal partnerships which have formed and that are active and engage in the use, management, and coordination of in-between spaces in the Ronna district. We are especially interested in initiatives that bring together local residents, planners, the municipality, local SMEs and artists and aim to develop an in-depth understanding of the barriers and opportunities that are currently present in Ronna for the pursuit of innovative approaches to mosaic governance. Social inclusion, integration, and well-being are topics we will focus during this first period. As part to the VIVA-Plan working packages, we will focus on the challenges in support of the delivery of short-and long-term benefits of in-between-spaces for human wellness and livelihoods in Ronna district, Södertalje.