Controlled Ruins in the Forest

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Developed countries, globally, are experiencing severe demographic challenges, as their rural populations increasingly abandon home villages and move to the cities. As part of this tendency, many rural villages in Denmark face abandonment, decay and intense transformation. As a counter reaction to this development, the Danish government has initiated widespread strategic demolition projects. It is our standpoint, that these demolition projects form a fast eradication of history, as the abandoned buildings often still play a crucial role as anchoring points of
the collective memory of those who stay behind. Building on a research-by-design project implemented in full scale in the depopulating rural station town of Bedsted, Thy (Denmark), this paper argues that the combination of a governmental afforestation plan and partial demolitions – speeding up or slowing down the processes of ruination – may lead to a new direction in the field of radical preservation of abandoned buildings and landscapes.
Publikationsdato19 jun. 2021
StatusUdgivet - 19 jun. 2021
BegivenhedMemory Studies Conference: The Place of Memory and Memory of Place - London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, London/online, Storbritannien
Varighed: 19 jun. 202120 jun. 2021


KonferenceMemory Studies Conference: The Place of Memory and Memory of Place
LokationLondon Centre for Interdisciplinary Research


  • transformation
  • radical preservation
  • afforestation
  • stationsbyer

Kunstnerisk udviklingsvirksomhed (KUV)

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