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Christiania – model citizens of Denmark. by Kay Vanderlyn
July 30, 2010, 8:30 am
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

The story of Christiania begins well before 1970 when it was first occupied by citizens.  Christiania consists of  former military barracks of Bådsmandsstræde and parts of the city ramparts. The barracks of Bådsmandsstræde housed the Royal Artillery Regiment, the Army Material Command and ammunition laboratories and depots. The area was abandoned during the late 60s.

Bastioned ramparts were specifically used in the area:

After the military left the area, only a few guardsmen were assigned to keep trespassers out.  On September 4th, 1971 residents from the surrounding areas broke the fences down to use parts of it as a playground for their children.  Only a few days later, Christiania was declared “open” by Jacob Ludvigsen who also helped write Christiania’s mission statement: The objective of Christiania is to create a self-governing society whereby each and every individual holds themselves responsible over the wellbeing of the entire community. Our society is to be economically self-sustaining and, as such, our aspiration is to be steadfast in our conviction that psychological and physical destitution can be averted.

Much like Copenhagen itself, Christiania has fought, lost, and won it’s share of battles.  Dubbed a “social experiment”, Christiania has managed to survive 40 years of threats from the government to reclaim the land.  Except how can the government complain when Christiania pays all it’s taxes and bills on time.  Christiania is an economic asset to the state, they have to pay electric, water, heating and taxes, however they don’t get all the benefits that other tax payers get.  They still have to handle their own tasks like kindergartens, youth clubs, renovations, postal service and maintenance of the whole infrastructure, green areas, and a lot more.  External expenses are always handled first, making Christianian’s model citizens of Denmark.

Christiania’s government is a consensus democracy, which means that all residents may participate on equal footing in the democratic process.  Important decisions are always made by consensus, common widespread agreements among all citizens.  The government is practiced through a series of meetings: The Common Meeting – used to settle disputes which no agreement could be reached at the relevant meeting, The Area Meeting – used to solve local problems within different areas of Christiania, The Treasurer Meeting – used to plan out where money should be used in the future, The Economy Meeting, The Business Meeting – used to ensure rents are being payed from businesses and to discuss use of commercial areas, The Building Meeting – used to decide where money should be put into renovating housing, The Associates’ Meeting – most businesses are collectively organized, so this group has the central function of running the businesses, The House Meeting – used to solve problems in large houses where many people live.

There is entirely too much to be said about this place, so for now I’ll post a video of a bike ride through Copenhagen:



wooden animals by mvdelillo
July 30, 2010, 8:14 am
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

To open up a discussion on the Danish vernacular lets first look to the playground. All throughout Denmark you can find these fun looking sculptures of animals. The material of course is wood. Around 200 yrs ago the Danes deforested themselves, it was only by the saving grace of English coal that they were able to rebound from this travesty. As of 2000 out of the total land mass of Denmark, 43 094 sq km, only 4 862 sq km of the land is forested ( Now a days the Danes are much more environmentally conscious. Wood, still has a special place in their hearts as found in minute architectural details.

The above image give you a glimpse at the monumental sculptures that are found on Danish playgrounds. The reason this is vernacular is because it was created with local materials, however scarce it may be.

making like a tree and leafing-m.delillo

moving throughout copenhagen by mvdelillo
July 30, 2010, 3:53 am
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

before i can introduce my next field study i feel that it is important to talk about what the transportation opportunities and constraints. more and less i will just focus on standard modes of transportation e.g. car, Metro, and S-TOG.

throwing snaps on the petrol all day long-m.delillo

Copenhagen | The Evolution of a Skyline by t.devlin
July 29, 2010, 7:16 am
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

Change overtime in the landscape is important to understanding why a city looks the way it does.

Enjoy – Tim

Nyhavn Through time lapses by gumbycuse
July 28, 2010, 7:52 am
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

Hey all at my study site of Nyhavn (pronounce ne-houn) I’ve been looking at the way people use the space. One way I have done it is through time-lapse photography. It allows me to see just how people react and use the space but in a graphic that is quite interesting here take a look for yourself!

This video was about looking at the whole site. You can see many things going on here people passing through. But also how the canal tour boats work as a system, its pretty neat to watch.

Watch how people move through the site. Some just sit and relax, other have a certain destination. And some just want to provide entertainment. If you like people watching this is a site for you!

I wanted to get a diffrent view of Nyhavn looking from the bridge back to the start of the street. One thing I noticed in this video was the heritage boats in the canal and how much they add to the atmosphere of Nyhavn.

Copenhagen is known for its long days in the summer and long nights in the winter. In this video I wanted to see how much of a transition there was from day to night and it turned out pretty neat!

I hope you enjoy them each one tells a different story about Nyhavn and its sense of place. Nyhavn is such a pivotal part of the city being so colorful and such a picturesque staple of Copenhagen. That its such a wonderful place to sit relax and enjoy

Skal! (Cheers)Ryan

Give Me Shelter! by t.devlin
July 27, 2010, 11:35 pm
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

Denmark is known as the welfare state, and welfare is not viewed in a negative connotation by the Danes, as they pay a large portion of taxes but in return see real results.  Apparently birds are included in the welfare state as well.  Jokes aside, these three bird houses were observed in the City of Copenhagen in three very different neighborhoods and each house speaks to it’s location.  The house on the left is on the H.C. Andersson’s Highway going past Tivoli.  Bird species in the urban envrionment require shelter just as any bird species would, and the urban environment is no exception.  Living in Copenhagen for almost 10 weeks now, small details that are easily overlook such as urban bird houses are coming forward.

Live well and Be well, Tim

Week 6 – 8 by t.devlin
July 27, 2010, 11:05 pm
Filed under: Copenhagen 2010

Now that the Official SUNY ESF DLA Off-Campus Blog is up and running, curious to see what Tim Devlin was up to for weeks 6-8 of his study? Take a look:

Copenhagen Weekly Report 6

Copenhagen Weekly Report 7

Copenhagen Weekly Report 8