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Greenspace Management in Denmark and Sweden

Summary

The Danish experience

The Swedish experience

Regenerating greenspace in and near high density multi storey housing -
Case Studies

DENMARK
Aedalsparken
Gillesager
Hvidovre
Lyngby - Town Green
Mortenshupvej
Taestrup

 

SWEDEN
Alingsås
Angered
Bergsjön
Eriksbo
Gårdsten
Lomma  
Malmo-Holma
Malmo Bo01
Östra Uggledal

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Greenspace Management in Denmark and Sweden

Summary

The Danish experience

The Swedish experience

Regenerating greenspace in and near high density multi storey housing -
Case Studies

DENMARK
Aedalsparken
Gillesager
Hvidovre
Lyngby - Town Green
Mortenshupvej
Taestrup

 

SWEDEN
Alingsås
Angered
Bergsjön
Eriksbo
Gårdsten
Lomma  
Malmo-Holma
Malmo Bo01
Östra Uggledal

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Innovative solutions to the design, management and maintenance of urban greenspace

Östra Uggledal, south Gothenburg
This example was chosen as it is a case study for the Greenscom project (an EU project investigating how different actors in the greenspace planning, design and maintenance process communicate with each other and how this influences what happens on the ground as a new development takes place).

Östra Uggledal is a new housing area in south Gothenburg, near the river and mountains. There was a competition to decide which company could build there. The GM Housing Company engaged an architect firm to propose a brief and 3 other firms were invited to enter the competition.

Three citizen groups considered the proposals from these 4 firms and were involved in drawing up the design plan. This process involved many meetings which were held every 2-3 weeks with local people - those interested in the development, but not necessarily in living there. This detailed District plan was then subsumed in the overall comprehensive plan covering the whole of Gothenburg. The planner for the development was particularly interested in landscape issues, but from a people perspective. There was local people involvement at all stages of the planning process. The general structure plan produced recommendations relating to land use, care of water, etc.

 

Changes made to the proposals by the local people included a veto on building houses in the mountain area and on building terraced housing outside the rest of the development. Most are 2 storey buildings, with a few 1 storey houses. This is low density housing to enable the houses to have access to the river, although the residents regard it as high density because of the terraced housing. In view of recent increases in the price of housing, the residents tend to be mainly middle class and retired people, and there are fewer families. This is a co-operative housing initiative.

Not all the greenspace areas have yet been completed. The maintenance of wedges of green between houses will be paid for by the owners of adjacent houses. The responsibility for creating and maintaining each greenspace has to be described in the implementation plan. Some of the very recent inhabitants were not involved in the initial group discussions and this has caused conflicts, for example, over fences. Details such as decking are regulated. The architect intends to have a meeting with new residents to sort out these problems.

NB: No landscape architect was employed on this project, a common feature of developments in Gothenburg, unlike in Stockholm. The lack of a designer who really understands what the residents' ideas will look like is likely to be an ongoing problem.

 

© Anne Beer, 2001

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Latest update :3 Oct 2001