The City as the Home: a pursuit towards utopia

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Margo Jean Fredericks
4. term, Sustaianable Cities, Master (Master Programme)
Over half of the world’s population live in cities, and that number will continue to rise. Livability has set standards for how cities should be designed and operate, but little attention has been given to how those standards are perceived by humans. The City as the Home begins at the eye height of humans and asks the question of whether or not the city can be one’s home. Using theories within four fields of study, this case study on Copenhagen, Denmark aims to understand what urban elements humans find affection in, their perceptions of the city, and how urban design can use conclusions from qualitative interviews to create cities that humans feel at home in. The results show that cities which can foster social connections and satisfy the needs of humans are then well equipped to encourage the feeling of home. This report suggests that architects and planners must interact with citizens on a deeper level to create a city that matches the needs of all its humans.
Publication date4 Jun 2020
Number of pages107
ID: 333577259