With a point of departure in the work by “Screening of Cultural Environments”, the Ph.D.-project investigates a transformation strategy of cultural environments in Denmark, using the method “research-by-design”. The project originates from the perspective; that cultural environments contains both physical and social understandings, and that it shall not be conserved, but rather reinterpreted. Through experiments the project focuses on a development of the cultural environments that is anchored to and integrates the local community.
Through action research the project will explore a transformation process that includes different local parties and the local community, which is understood as a social layer that needs to be a part of the processes in the built environment and the management of heritage. Within this is the notion of identity, which is linked to the narrative of the cultural environment. By introducing the narrative, as part of the project, the understanding of the cultural environment as a living thing becomes evident, both in terms of the history and future, but also in terms of the cultural environment being dependent on the life surrounding and defining it. This understanding of the cultural environment, is investigated through architectural registrations and combined with a phenomenological approach that springs from an extended understanding of the built environment.