As part of the research project Screening Cultural Environments, researchers from Aarhus School of Architecture have been travelling around Denmark in order to analyse particularly valuable cultural environments. The aim was to highlight qualities and potentials represented by the built cultural heritage in Danish municipalities.
Aarhus School of Architecture has now begun a collaboration with Viborg Municipality that involves researchers from the School doing a thematic study of all villages in the municipality. The work is based on the so-called SAK Method, which was developed at Aarhus School of Architecture in connection with the project Screening Cultural Environments.
‘This thematic study aims to explore the potential of creating a basis for a methodological approach to a differentiated and strategic development of villages and rural areas as one comprehensive area. Aarhus School of Architecture also wants to use the project to explore and expand the potential of using cultural environments as a basis for future municipal planning and development’, says Kasper Albrektsen, who is employed as a research assistant at Aarhus School of Architecture.
The thematic study of the villages – which is based on the cultural environments that can be read – examines the values and characteristics of the different villages. The ambition of the project is to explore the possibility of, through an understanding of the local cultural environments of the villages, providing a methodological approach to planning – strategic as well as physical – based on local narratives and characteristics. And, furthermore, to make visible special narratives, to ensure we have a tool for site-specific development.