The session coordinated by Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen will be based on presentations from three different cities in Europe and the experiences with and approaches to gentrification in these contexts. To establish a common ground for discussions, the session commences with a short introduction to the concept of gentrification and some of the processes leading to it. The questions addressed will be centred on the following:
– What is gentrification, and which processes lead to gentrification?
– What are the links between gentrification, residential composition and diversity?
– What are the potential positive and negative consequences of gentrification?
– What is the alternative to gentrification?
Presenter: Hans Thor Andersen, Director of Research, the Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University
Research evidence from Warsaw
Novel research from Warsaw explores the significance of tenure status in the perception of social and physical changes based on the case of inner-city Warsaw. The presentation focusses on gentrification and explores the perception of the place of residence, including relationships with neighbours, as well as of the changes taking place in the neighbourhood.
Presenter: Magdalena Gorczynska, researcher, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research
Experiences with gentrification – evidence from three European cities
The introduction is followed by the three presentations from Tallinn, Copenhagen and Warsaw respectively. They will focus on answering the same four questions for each of the cities:
1. What does gentrification look like in your city, and which processes lead to or hinder/counteract gentrification in your city?
2. What is the discourse in your city regarding gentrification and its positive and negative consequences?
3. Does the city have written policies on how to maintain diversity in neighbourhoods undergoing residential change, and what is the approach in these policies?
4. In practice, how is gentrification approached i.e. how is it either promoted or hindered?
Maria Derlõš, Urbanist, NGO Linnalabor (Estonian Urban Lab)
Line Jensen Buch, Urban Planning Department, Municipality of Copenhagen
Jakob Hjuler Tamsmark, Department of Operations Development, Municipality of Copenhagen
Jacek Grunt-Mejer, Representative of the Mayor for revitalization, City of Warsaw
The session ends with a panel discussion in which the presenters and the session participants will have the opportunity to discuss the link between diversity, residential composition and gentrification in European cities.
Image: Sirid Bonderup