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Made in Grønland: How can a designer facilitate the activation of a community in the face of top-down regeneration?
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Tillverkad i Grønland : Hur kan en designer underlätta aktiveringen av en samfund i anseende av topstyrd nydaning? (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Cities are highly unequal systems and rapid, top-down development is increasingly causing segregation between people of different socio-economic statuses through gentrification. In response, a bottom-up, more community centred approach is often proposed, yet this method also not without significant issues. In this thesis I investigate the role of the designer as a mediator, facilitator and translator between the top-down and bottom-up approaches to urban development. Using Grønland, Oslo as a case study, I start by gathering high-level research in order to understand the large-scale strategies that the municipality and private developers have for the area. In the second section, I undertake on-the-ground research in order to understand the everyday issues that people who live in, or use, the area face. In the final section I propose a research laboratory and makerspace that can activate the local community, providing the resources in order for everyday people to be able to have a positive impact on their city, in addition to gathering long-term, in-depth research on the area in order to influence the future of Grønland. This thesis is written as a working document that can, and should, be used by a wide range of people, from the municipality to local residents, and is designed to be added to as the project develops.

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2016. , p. 140
Keywords [en]
urbanism, urban design, architecture, designer, Oslo, Grønland, public space, public realm, physical infrastructure, social infrastructure, regeneration, gentrification, displacement, top-down, bottom-up, community, participation, inequality, segregation, informality, identity, urban acupuncture, everyday urbanism, active research, research lab, maker space, DIY
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-198117OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-198117DiVA, id: diva2:1055742
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Degree of Master - Urbanism Studies
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