The book is strongly critical of the current – developer driven and technocratically controlled – model of urban development and proposes a more anarchistic approach in which people have a far greater say. It includes descriptions from Copenhagen of a group of people’s struggle with the state to keep their self-made homes in the water of Erdkehlgraven, and of local citizens’ attempt to make their street greener and more social in Badensgade, which is prevented by the municipality. But the book also conveys visions of urban development in a reciprocal relationship with nature, and of moving cities in response to climate change; as well as discussions of the architect’s ethical dilemmas, and the need for a different approach to the architectural education.
Publication date: 1 September 2021, The Architectural Publisher B.
Located in a central part of Copenhagen, the floating community, known as both the Pirate Harbour and the Harbour of Peace, is a spontaneously co-evolved and self-organized community of people living an alternative life on water, which serves as a case study for the theory of development urbanism. Essay It also serves as inspiration for a proposed new form of housing: floating co-habitation, which is based on the refurbishment of small worn-out vessels and a nomadic lifestyle of low environmental impact. In addition to being climate adaptive (in terms of rising sea levels) this form of living also makes it easy to maintain social distancing while staying in close contact with each other and with nature. ConceptDevelopment urbanism
A theory in-progress about the correlation between urbanization, social justice and environmental sustainability. A radically different approach to both development and urbanism is proposed. Rather than attempting to achieve control and predictability we should let urban communities develop spontaneously through co-evolution and self-organization. We may let go of control if social and environmental problems are solved at the root. Problems are solved at the root by eliminating their causes rather than by adding additional layers of complex management systems and sophisticated technologies. IntroductionCo-evolutionary architecture
A book-project in five parts, including a theoretical introduction to the concept of co-evolution and its possible meaning and relevance in architecture; investigations of the possible application of the concept in practice, research and education, respectively; and a discussion of the possible co-evolutionary integration of theory, practice, research and education in architecture. SynopsisPeople’s University
In Danish: Folkets Universitet, is a platform for critical thinking and creative action loosely associated with People’s House (Folkets Hus) in Nørrebro, Copenhagen. We wish to change ourselves and the world around us from within and from below. The intention of the course ‘Another City’ is to strengthen the resistance and enable alternatives to developer-driven and technocratically controlled urban development by exploring the possibilities for spontaneous and self-organized forms of urbanization based on the theory of development urbanism. Course