Involving citizens and stakeholders effectively in sketching out the new urban spaces by the City Circle Line stations in Copenhagen.
In 2010 Ramboll planned and implemented a strategy for citizen and stakeholder involvement in the establishment of 14 new urban spaces related to the new stations of the City Circle line in Copenhagen.
The purpose of the project was to create a professional, informative and open dialogue between the landscape architects and the users of the new urban spaces.
Ramboll developed the overall strategy and in addition to that also handled meeting management, process, internal and external communication, stakeholder management, project development and monitoring and finally the practical planning and implementation of several meetings and events.
One central initiative was four “open studio” events. The events took place in a 300 m2 tent alternately placed in four different parts of the city. At the open studio citizens had the opportunity to discuss the architectural drafts with the landscape architects designing for the Metro Company, the engineers and representatives from the City of Copenhagen. Models and posters provided a visual representation, and sketchbooks gave the citizens a chance to share their own ideas. The open studio was followed by local meetings about each urban space. All information was gathered in a comprehensive idea catalogue.
The involvement of citizens into the architectural planning of the urban spaces in their neighborhood can provide great insight into their wishes and fears as well as provide a sense of ownership to the project in the local community. An open, professional and involving communication between the Metro Company, citizens and stakeholders can secure local cooperation and help prevent scepticism and “not in my backyard-attitude”.