Placemaking ‘ The Tolerant City’ Ethnographic Strategies for Cultural Planning in Helsingborg Samantha Hyler. ACSIS Conference, Norköping June 15, 2011
Place Making the ‘ Tolerant City’ • Helsingborg, H+, and SegregaKon • Ethnological, sensory perspecKves to places • Unique urban idenKty of places. • Cultural mapping, images, and applicaKons • IncorporaKng ciKzens’ values and needs through cultural analysis in the H+ project
H+ and the Tolerant City Project • Helsingborg & the H+ project – Tolerant City – Break down barriers, encourage tolerance • The Invisible Line – Two ‘cityscapes’ • Cultural Analysis Role – between cityscapes ‘city’ and ‘City’; and north and south A divided city is immediately visible upon leaving Knutpunkten, Helsingborg’s central transit staKon. The south lies to the leY in the picture, and the north to the right.
Placemaking H+ -‐ ‘from the Ground Up’ • In order to build new places, one must understand their parKcular, unique idenKKes – Understand ‘being’ and ‘becoming’ and ‘dwelling’ through sensory/ phenomenology. – PercepKons and experiences of places, sensory experiences – DialecKcal RelaKonship formed from interacKons, emplaced experiences, and percepKons of people and places = DisKnct urban idenKKes or ‘cultural DNA’ (Ghilardi 2001, 2009) • Translate this ethnological knowledge into useful& understandable materials for non specialists, e.g. cultural maps, images, throughout planning processes.
Walking with Informants lends access to experience and percepKons of places
Senses of Place • The Invisible Line -‐ Trädgårdsgatan • SegregaKon & The Tolerant City • Atmospheres and urban values
Senses & Experiences of Places The South, Söder, is characterized by community & local spaces.
MediaKng Cityscapes Typical visual representaKons of Helsingborg include prominent and historical architecture in Centrum, in the North of the city
Ethnography for Cultural Planning • “A dynamic and adaptable planning process is to a large extent ‘sustainability’. Not only the physical organiza<on of the area, but also its ambience, its cultural and func<onal content have been dealt with in order to create The Tolerant City. The diﬀerent districts open themselves to a great variety of people and a future life as yet unknown, while they interweave with the rest of Helsingborg, psychologically as well as physically.” (Helsingborgs stad 2009, p.104).