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Fredens Havn. Politics of space and architecture in a little floating community in Copenhagen

Giuseppe Mazzarino

Abstract


The article reflects on the importance given to the concept of space within the formation of political identity among marginal groups living in an urban context. The case study is a small ‘floating community’ called Fredens Havn, located in the city center of Copenhagen. The main aim of this article is to analyze the practices of space creation, by focusing on the architecture and design of the self-built floating houses and infrastructures. The purpose of this ethnography is to consider space and the built environment as a language used by Fredens Havn’s settlers to communicate their presence to the rest of the city. In this regard we use the emic concept of
‘take up space’ applied to indicate those practices in which space is used as a language to communicate the instances and identities of marginal groups living in urban environments.

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architecture; material culture; semiotics; space; urban studies; urban anthropology

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