Spaces of Danish Welfare 1970 – Present

Architectures of Dismantling and Restructuring

Kirsten Marie Raahauge, Katrine Lotz, Deane Simpson, Martin Søberg (eds.)

Lars Müller Publishers, 2022


This publication explores a series of urgent questions addressing architecture’s role in the welfare and everyday life of citizens, from the interdisciplinary perspectives of architecture, art history and anthropology. With Denmark as a case, it examines how the spatiality of the welfare system has transformed, since the end of the so-called “golden age of the welfare state” in the early 1970s until today. How have these spatial changes impacted upon the everyday lives and welfare experiences of citizens? What happens when long- standing institutions are restructured, dismantled or displaced elsewhere? How do emerging types of welfare space inform or become informed by changed understandings of the role of the welfare system in our everyday lives? Rather than unfolding a singular narrative of loss and nostalgia associated with welfare dismantlement or one of triumphant humanisation and restructuring of modernist planned environments it describes shifting spatial materializations of welfare and the “good life” at the intersection of these two tendencies, under the influence of a Danish version of the neoliberal turn and other important societal transformations. A rich analytical sequence of drawn visualisation supplements the book’s textual and photographic descriptions of welfare space transformation.


ISBN: 9783037786918

464 pagina's, 598 illustraties, 24 x 17 cm, hardcover, Engels