A New Park and Connections
Designing safe and user friendly networks surrounding the park
Location: Gadehavekvarteret, Høje-Taastrup, Denmark
Client: Municipality of Høje-Taastrup
Type: Citizen Involvement, Design, Urban Intervention
Role: Citizen involvement, User analysis, Design
In the next coming year we’ll be a part of the new park development with the multidisciplinary team, BOGL Landscape Architects and Atkins Engineers. Our role in the project will be to facilitate the citizen involvement processes, gather user data and transform it into specific designs in close collaboration with team.
From citizen involvement to design
A critical task is to follow up on the previous engagement processes with the local community and include the key actors from the nearby housing associations, educational institutions, cultural networks and local sports clubs. A strong vision for the park is to create attractive spaces for all the different users of nearby educational institutions in order to establish the park as a communal space.
Connections and safety in social housing areas
The park will bring new bicycle- and pedestrian routes as well as meeting spots for the local community and educational institutions. Furthermore, the proposal includes the design of a safe area for kids to play, learn how to bike and more, which is done in collaboration with the Danish Cyclist´ Federation. Climate adaptation and sustainability are high priorities with the final design focusing on creating new green areas with different types of ecological and climate solutions. The design will reflect the social diversity of the area and improve safety in the neighbourhood by implementing different strategies. Through multifunctionality, people are encouraged to stay and engage with one another. Lighting will serve as an atmospheric element and selected areas will be developed into recreational spaces.
3 GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
In collaboration with Danish Cyclists’ Federation the playground has been designed to teach kids about and promote safety in traffic.
4 QUALITY EDUCATION
By including the local educational institutions in the design process we ensure that we can incorporate the practice of outdoor learning in the design.
5 GENDER EQUALITY
The democratically designed urban spaces creates inclusive urban environment, especially regarding activities for young boys and girls alike.
9 INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
By improving connections and mobility for pedestrians the project will create safer infrastructure and consider the needs of the local population.
11 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Part of the project focused on improving the neighbourliness thus creating a sustainable community based on mutual understanding between local stakeholders.
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