Jan Gehl, says the new suburb was old-fashioned from its inception. “It was built on principles — specifically those of the modernist movement — that were popular in the middle part of the last century,” he said. “Orestad was built from the top-down, rather than from the bottom-up. Plus, there was an idea that if you got enough ‘starchitects’ on board, then things would be fine.” — NYT
Nick Foster analyzes the way Copenhagen has used the development of the master-planned districts of Orestad and Nordhavn to think big and differently about urban development and redevelopment in Denmark. What makes these locations noteworthy is the fact that they were planned from the beginning to include a mix of housing typologies and commercial uses, they offered an opportunity to build high-rise blocks not allowed elsewhere and they featured a blend of starchitecture along with work by local firms.