Ørestad - Copenhagen
Classes begin today so this entry won't be as detailed as I was hoping, but I still wanted to post some thoughts on this new development on the outskirts of Copenhagen. The panorama above is for me the best illustration of the space. Tall buildings that are swallowed by vast areas of open spaces. You can see the metro in the backround which acts as the major connection to the rest of the city. Truly towers in the park without major highways for cars. The scale is both intriguing and confusing. The towers give the feeling of density yet the enormous amount of open space between structures begs the question: how truly dense is it? Our trip was focused on studying public spaces and most of us were very critical of the spaces created by these buildings because there seemed to be little to no attention given to how people would actually be able to use them.
The most forgiving areas seemed to be the spaces closest to the elevated train. I'm sure that many of my class mates would disagree that these spaces offered much, but I would argue that they at least have some potential to begin giving Ørestad the identity of a neighborhood because the connections between the buildings were simply smaller - and to use a very over used phrase - began
to create spaces that were at a more reasonable "human scale."