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Research article2022Peer reviewedOpen access

The Future of Urban Cemeteries as Public Spaces: Insights from Oslo and Copenhagen

Grabalov, Pavel; Nordh, Helena

Abstract

Public spaces are believed to make cities more liveable, healthy and socially equal. To date, discussions about public spaces have primarily revolved around emblematic types, such as squares and parks, while little attention has been paid to cemeteries. Drawing on a review of public space scholarship and cemetery research, an analysis of strategies for cemetery development in two Scandinavlan capitals, Oslo and Copenhagen, and interviews with stake-holders, this paper elaborates on the cemetery as a special type of public space. Our findings demonstrate the potential of cemeteries' contribution to the urban environment as multifunctional public spaces - the trajectory envisioned by the two municipalities.

Keywords

Cemetery; public space; spirituality; liminality; multicultural society; multifunctionality

Published in

Planning Theory and Practice
2022, Volume: 23, number: 1, pages: 81-98
Publisher: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR AND FRANCIS LTD

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Landscape Architecture
    Human Geography

    Publication identifier

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2021.1993973

    Permanent link to this page (URI)

    https://res.slu.se/id/publ/114457