Creating the Creative Urban Waterfront in Scandinavia: Harbour Areas from Industrial Multitude to Planned Creative Spaces

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


For decades now, the waterfront areas of industrial harbour cities of Europe have been among the prime spots for large-scale redevelopment. The classic freight harbour gives way to the mechanised container terminal, and the remaining spaces are redeveloped, very often with a clear reference to cre- ative users and inhabitants. The overall questions of this chapter are how these urban spaces become creative and how their creativity changes across the phase of deindustrialisation. How is the multitude of the industrial har- bour giving way to an intended or planned creative space? Conceptualising this as a process of de- and eterritorialization, the harbour is approached as an assemblage with components ranging from global discourses over national urban systems to working culture and local material structures. The primary case will be the harbour of Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCities and Creativity from the Renaissance to the Present
EditorsIlja van Damme, Bert De Munck, Andrew Miles
Number of pages19
Publication dateSept 2017
ISBN (Print)9781138054066
ISBN (Electronic)9781315167046
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes
SeriesRoutledge Advances in Urban History

Cite this