Biography of an Industrial Landscape
Biography of an Industrial Landscape
Carlsberg's Urban Spaces Retold
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INTRODUCTION Carlsberg - a multifaceted case study Discovering post-industrial open spaces The structure of the book 1. A BIOGRAPHICAL APPROACH TO INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPES Urban transformation and the need for new heuristic strategies A biographical approach to landscapes Investigatory techniques and source material 2. SITE Carlsberg - becoming a building site Chapters to the biography of Carlsberg as relational site 3. SPACE Reworking Carlsberg Square Chapters the biography of Carlsberg’s open spaces 4. SUB-TERRAIN When the spirit of Carlsberg resided in its cellars Chapters in the biography of Carlsberg’s cellars BIOGRAPHY OF INDUSTRIAL OPEN SPACES —concluding remarks

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"This is an uncommon way of approaching urban heritage and can serve as a model for future work in this field."
- V. Camille Westmont, The University of the South, Sewanee, USA in JEL, Journal of European Landscapes

"It is enjoyable to follow the carefully written and winding narrative hither and thither, safe in the knowledge that the author knows how it will all come together [...] This book is both well written and urgent."
- Anna Storm, Stockholm University, Nordic Journal of Settlement and Built Heritage

"The book forms a welcome contribution to scholarship that addresses transformations of the built environment."
- Klaske Havik and Willemijn Wilms Floet, Delft University of Technology, Kunsthistorisk Bogliste

Svava Riesto

Biography of an Industrial Landscape

Carlsberg's Urban Spaces Retold

Biography of an Industrial Landscape tells the story of one of the most significant urban redevelopment projects in northern Europe at the turn of the century. Examining the reinvention of the Carlsberg brewery site in Copenhagen as a city district, Svava Riesto unpacks the deeper assumptions about value that lie behind contemporary design, spatial planning and heritage practices. In particular, Riesto examines ways of valuing a vital yet seldom explicitly discussed feature of industrial landscapes: open space. Carlsberg's industrial open spaces were largely disregarded during the redevelopment, which was founded on canonical heritage thinking and ideas about urban space that were poorly equipped to include the characteristics of these spaces in the design's considerations. As a response, this account reappraises industrial open spaces. Drawing on Henri Lefebvre and biographical approaches to landscape research, the Carlsberg site's open spaces are presented anew as an interplay of materials, practices and the imagination - shaped and reshaped by water, yeast, industrial working routines and conflicting ideas about the future city.

Svava Riesto

Svava Riesto is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Theory and Historiography at the University of Copenhagen.