21.04.2020

NEW WAYS OF MOVEMENT

“… in order to grasp a rhythm one must have been grasped by it” - Henry Lefebvre. The daily rhythm of the city and our choreography of movement have changed. We now meet empty subways and busses, and the sound of cars has been replaced by bird song. Meanwhile a new culture of walking has emerged, and people have rediscovered the pleasure of socializing on a stroll outside. This new rhythm of everyday life has revealed the shortage of green spaces and corridors as people flock to the parks and green areas of our cities.

We see this new praxis of everyday life as an opportunity to question the prevailing urban development. The renewed interest in nature and a more active way of living can be maintained if we focus on the city’s green lungs now: We don’t have to begin with largescale strategies. Let’s start in the small, kickstart a greener, more walkable and healthier future, and turn empty building lots and half-empty carparks into the temporary pocket squares and -parks we need now.

Photo: Green belt with activity landscape through the social housing area Firkløverparken