Location: Denmark

Date: 2016

QBond, GivRum, Perifærd and anthropologist Zachary Whyte plus Odsherred commune and community of Horve.


Danish Ministry of Immigration, Integration and Housing


Rethinking newcomers as resources in the revitalization of Danish outskirts

We counsel Danish municipalities in local development, integration and placement of refugees, activation of empty buildings and urban spaces in areas with depopulation.
We have developed a handbook ‘New Building Stones in Urban Renewal’ that addresses primarily for municipal practitioners working within area of ​​housing and integration of refugees. Our starting point is the fact that groups of people are placed – in the first place temporarily – in Danish rural outer areas. The publication is designed as a handbook with recommendations, examples and scenarios that can support a locally rooted, foresighted and wide-ranging approach to housing placement and the reception of refugees.
Behind the handbook is a diverse team of architects, anthropologists, experts in value creation in empty buildings as well as civil society actors in the refugee area. The team’s interdisciplinarity opens to see potentials in buildings and places as well as in humans. In addition to interdisciplinary work, the positive dialogue with actors from different administrations in Danish municipalities has been central to the holistic approach rather than a separate focus on topics such as housing, transformation, integration and local development.
Research and development is supported by the Danish State’s Urban Renewal’s experimental and developmental resources. Edition and release is supported by Dreyersfond.
Download the handbook here




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