Boligen is a Danish magazine for social housing professionals working in Denmark. The current issue includes a ten page feature on DIVERCITIES including a long interview with Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen and a shorter one with Christine Lelévrier (Paris team) when she visited Copenhagen in December. The feature also provides an introduction to DIVERCITIES research and a brief analysis of the international results including examples of projects from other countries.
The feature discusses key points about the transition taking place in the Copenhagen case study area, from the rehabilitation of empty, worn-down industrial buildings to an emerging process of gentrification. It also tackles the potential of diversity, while also acknowledging the challenges it can entail. There is a positive approach to diversity and the growing diversification – hyper-diversity – in Copenhagen, which can be seen in the strength of locally driven and locally adapted governance projects, the importance of social relations and of the public school in creating diverse relations – a socialisation to diversity.
The focus of the article is on the social housing sector, and how it creates space for less resourceful residents in popular city areas. It considers the importance of avoiding the risk of social housing becoming enclaves of deprivation. The interview with Christine looks at the importance of mixed residential areas, that is, mixed in terms of tenure and thus residents, the importance of supporting social housing, and having mixed areas as a prerequisite to enhance equality and social mobility.
Below are spreads from the magazines featuring the article.