Serban Cornea debates on balancing countryside and city growth at People’s Meeting ‘Folkemødet’

How will the future of the Danish cities unfold over the next 35 years? Which are the development tendencies with major impact on the transformation of the Danish cities? And how will the urban development impact upon the future map of Denmark?


As part of this year’s People’s Meeting ‘Folkemødet’, Serban Cornea participated in a debate on the green transformation of Denmark, and the implications of a ‘green’ development for the balance between cities and countryside.


Based on 4 scenarios for development, Serban Cornea argued that 4 different urbanization models can be imagined. For each of these models, the different dynamics of urbanization will have a major impact on the development of city regions, ultimately leading to 4 different geographies which outline four different ‘Denmarks’.


The growing importance of the city-regions as growth engines requires a careful re-consideration of the role of the increasingly depopulated countryside in achieving a fossil-free society, no longer as a rural realm in opposition to the urbanized areas, but as a part of a larger, and more intelligent, ‘whole’.


‘Green transformation’ is inseparable from growth and balance between future urbanization and countryside development, which in turn will have a considerable influence on the possibilities of creating a CO2-neutral vital society.


‘The Future Denmark – Balance between city and countryside?’, was organized by The Danish Architecture Centre DAC. Panel debate participants were Ellen Højgaard, director of The Danish Town Planning Institute, Claus Bjørn Billehøj, director for The Capital Region of Denmark and Søren Møller Christensen, partner, carlberg/christensen.


The 4 maps for the 4 different Denmarks have been developed by MUTOPIA based on Damvad&Kairos Future’s scenario report ‘Fire veje til grøn vækst’ (Four roads towards green growth) in collaboration with Rambøll Engineers as part of DK2050, a national scenario project on the transformation of Denmark towards becoming a carbon-free society in 2050 headed by MUTOPIA.


http://www.dac.dk/da/dac-cities/folkemoede-2015/

http://mutopia.dk/projects/urban/dk2050/


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