In 1947 when town planners sat down to design a practical development plan for Greater Copenhagen, they discovered that their sketches oddly resembled that of a hand. The ‘palm’ rested on the already existing city centre and the skeletal ‘fingers’ pointed to future development along existing transportation infrastructure. Unsurprisingly dubbed the ‘Finger Plan’ in 1947, protected green wedges between the fingers ensured the residents of each fingered suburb would be able to access nature, woodlands, and pastoral landscape. Over time it became apparent that the Plan could not be successful without legal status and in 2007 it was incorporated into Denmark’s Planning Act. Copenhagen has also credited the Finger Plan for its ability to avoid traffic congestion commonly found in other big cities—the transit system was built along the length of the fingers to easily transport the population to the downtown core.
The Global Greenbelts Conference, March 22-24th, welcomes Professor Henrik Vejre from the University of Copenhagen. He will discuss the current economic development and infrastructure pressures on the wedges, and the mitigation measures that will be undertaken to alleviate the ecological impacts of these new developments.
Further information on this event, including how to register, can be found in Events-on-Line. Click here:www.globalgreenbeltsconference.ca
Map Courtesy of the Reflective Studio