About 60% of theresidents of RosengårdwerebornoutsideSweden, Iraqisbeingthelargestgroup. A further 26% descendsfrommigrants. How do theyintegrateintoSwedishsociety?
PuttingRosengård back onthe(mental) maps
Rosengård is a multi national community in Malmö. Itisthemidpointbetween home and a brand new life in Sweden. Thereis a little of therest of the world in Rosengård.
However, life in Rosengård can be a rudeawakening. Itoffersfewemploymentoptions, and itisperceivedbysome as a dangerousorunrestful place. More than 20.000 humanbeingslive in theMillion-Programmeapartment blocks. Exceptforresidentialbuildings, governmentoffices and sportsfacilities, veryfewactivitiestake place in Rosengård. Why? Gray: areasoutsideRosengård. Gray pattern: blufferareaswithlowtomiddensityresidentialunits. Green: open space and graveyard. Black: Rosengård Center, and governmentbuildings Yellow: residential blocks. The centre of Rosengårdisnotonlyisolatedbythehighway and therailroadtracksthat define it, butalsoby mono-functionalspacesaroundit.
Thisiswhatmostpeopleexperience of Rosengård: tunnelwalls, oftenseen at speeds of 70 or 80 kph. Whilemost of Malmö can beseenwalking, Rosengårdismostlyseenonwheels.
These are thearteries of Rosengård. Theycarrymuch of theenergy and human flux of thecity and the South of the country, buttheyalsofunction as barriers, muchliketheBerlin Wall, creating a no-man’sland in betweencommunities. Rosengårdissharplydefinedbycirculation. Its Western limitistherailroadcomingfromDenmark and therest of Europe, whilethe South and East sides are definedbyhighways. Can theybeusedtounite Malmö and Rosengård, instead of dividingthem?
Activitymap of Rosengård, along withproposed exchangealong strategicpoints. Thegoal: togenerateurban osmosis. Thatis, tomakethe (former) barriers permeable byplacingdifferentactivities (takingadvantage of thewiderange of culturesthatlivehere) bothinsideRosengård and in itsnearbycontext. Thiswouldgivepeople a reasontovisit, and itwouldallowtheexchange of information, energy and culturebetweenRosengård and itscontext. Muchlife can befoundwithinwalkingdistance of Rosengård, butelementsneedtobeintroducedtocanalizeitsenergyintolife. Can theformerbarriersactuallybethekeytobringingRosengård back tolife? Can a mezzo-scaleinterventioneventuallyhave macro-scaleconsecuences?