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Buildings 2016, 6(4), 51; doi:10.3390/buildings6040051

History as an Instrument in the Development of Historical Danish Villages

Cultural Heritage, Transformation and Restoration, Institute of Architecture and Culture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Philip de Langes Allé 10, 1435 Copenhagen K, Denmark
Academic Editor: Adrian Pitts
Received: 30 July 2016 / Revised: 25 November 2016 / Accepted: 7 December 2016 / Published: 14 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Building in Rural Areas)
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A central contemporary societal discussion in Denmark concerns settlements that have poor connectivity and are geographically distant to main towns and cities. These settlements are called “outskirts.” Historically significant villages in these outskirts are being transformed in order to counteract a general destitution of decrepit houses and public spaces. This research article explains the relationship between spatial alterations and the inherent historical structures these villages contain. The article analyses three student projects and examines how they relate to and gain from history in the development plans for a concrete exemplary case village in Denmark. The projects represent various ways in which the past is conceived and applied to the suggested concepts. The different approaches to history found in the student projects call for an open-minded position towards the assessment of historical structures worthy of preservation when operating in a generic context such as the Danish villages. Further, the students’ prioritisation of preservation of historical structures and phenomena alters from the analysis phase to the project development phase. This observation questions the traditional practice of developing plans based on a predefined analysis of heritage and suggests that heritage assessment be separated from project development. View Full-Text
Keywords: history; heritage; villages; architecture; outskirts; planning history; heritage; villages; architecture; outskirts; planning
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