I’m fascinated by how cities and urban designers make use of public space. When planners talk of revitalizing communities, communal areas and parks go a long way into making those areas feel more livable.
On a bike ride along Nørrebrogade, I came across Superkilen park, a celebrated new park/public space built not only to revitalize the area, but to reflect the neighbourhood’s distinct multicultural character. The wedge-shaped park is divided into three different colour schemes (Red Square, Black Market, and Green Park), with each space serving a unique purpose. The photos above come from Red Square, which includes such amenities as swinging benches, venues for public concerts, and rainbow-hued bike locks. There’s even old Soviet-era street signs that pay homage to the original Red Square in Moscow.
Nørrebro has had some social challenges weaving in all the different minority groups in harmony. And a 750m park isn’t a magic bullet to the neighbourhood’s problem. But it’s an innovative step in the process.