In northern Europe, many open and green spaces were built in the decades after WWII. They were built for the public and by the public, and they are still an important part of the northern welfare legacy. Various ideas and values of welfare are literally molded into these open spaces, green wedges, parks, and sports fields, thus mirroring the heyday of welfare societies and their aspirations for the future. Yet, these values may no longer match the values, needs and dreams of today’s citizens.
This session focus on how the framing and content of welfare landscapes have changed over time, and on how these landscapes meet today’s needs. Scholars from Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland will describe and discuss the challenges and potentials of this omnipresent, contested living heritage.