COST C16 Improving the Quality of Existing Urban Building by E. Melgaard

By E. Melgaard

Because of adjustments within the composition of the inhabitants, society alterations regularly with appreciate to varied elements together with age-structure, kinfolk composition and the supply of strength. alterations bring about events which are mirrored within the commissioning of structures, that's steadily shifted from new building to the reuse and protection of current structures. the difference of constructions usually calls for the amendment of facades and the development in the back of. The scope of this motion in the price delivery and concrete improvement area is to enhance thoughts and techniques for envelopes of structures developed over the past half the 20 th century within the expense international locations. In different phrases it really is directed at the development envelopes of the so-called non-traditional structures. This book is predicated on a help by means of price, an intergovernmental eu framework for overseas cooperation among nationally funded learn actions. price creates medical networks and permits scientists to collaborate in a large spectrum of actions in examine and technology.

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By taking into account positive existing potentialities (trees, urban location…), re-considering and re-designing the layout of the district and restructuring the network of pedestrian and traffic road, the global image of the district can be greatly modified. The introduction of more variety in buildings and urban functions, activities and population, the use of traditional urban characteristics (like centrality, public buildings, squares…) and a modified arrangement of buildings in number, forms, typology can create a more qualitative and various urban environment and can break the identity and uniformity feeling.

At the same time it had become clear that the development towards a narrow and uniformed group of tenants, consisting of low income families, represented another serious problem to be solved. Problems, Needs and Solutions in the Danish Urban Building Envelopes 33 The renewal of Egedalsvaenge is an example among others where the attempt to raise the standard of the scheme was done in a close collaboration between the tenants, architects, planners and sociologists. It seems to be a much more successful method than just trying to solve the problems solely through architectural and artistic efforts.

The apartments were often laid out with an inside placed staircase serving 2-3 apartments at each floor. Some of the dwellings were laid out for singles but in general the compositions of flat types were in accordance with the family structure of that time and meeting the requirements, as kitchen, bath/toilet and 2-4 living rooms. A balcony was standard in nearly all apartments. Today the structure of families has changed into a bigger amount of small families and singles as well. Children leave their parents home earlier than before.

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