MEET THE CITY
The Municipality of Gladsaxe is located in the Northwestern suburb of Copenhagen. The city used to be in an open land until the two train lines were built. This allowed a significant improvement of the transport connection with Copenhagen and consequently led to the building of large residential areas in Gladsaxe.
During the interwar period, the “Copenhagen Green Areas” appeared in 1936. Under the progressive urban development around Copenhagen, the Danish Urban Planning Lab had a comprehensive "Proposal for a System of Outdoor Life Areas" prepared. The proposal consisted in ensuring a green corridor throughout the city, to connect Utterslev Mose with Gyngemosen located South of Mørkhøj and continue further Southwest of Gladsaxe town to Smørmosen and Fedmosen, from where there was to be a connection to Hareskoven and Bagsværd Lake towards North West and Værebro Å towards West North-West. This action plan was never implemented at that time.
The Finger Plan from 1947 provided that Gladsaxe's lands south of the village were to be included in a green wedge between two town fingers adjacent to the Slangerup line (now the Farum line and the Frederikssund line, respectively. The green wedge was to extend all the way to Utterslev Mose. The finger plan led to the establishment of an urban development committee, and already in an urban development plan no. 2 from 1951, large parts of the planned green wedge were assumed to be involved in development. Later, in a new urban development plan from 1966, the remaining areas laid out for development.
- 17% of Gladsaxe Municipality is covered by nature areas
- 1139 unemployed persons in Gladsaxe/101.631 in Denmark
- Gladsaxe was the first municipality in Denmark to incorporate the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), directly into its municipal strategy, the so-called Gladsaxe Strategy, which was adopted in 2018
GREET THE CITY
The selected site is located in the area of poor environmental quality, high groundwater level which exposes the local citizens to health risk during heavy rainfall, backflow from the sewage
system occurs with high risk of infection caused by raw sewerage flooding. This is one of the most socially exposed areas of the city: low income level, low education level, the number of non-western immigrants increased from 16% to more than 25% in less than 5 years. Increasing number of children is being socially exposed, rising amount of social cases involving children. A large proportion of citizens are physically inactive, 1/3 does not live up to WHO’s minimum recommendations and half of the population is overweight or obese.