• Mohammad Khaled Ghannam
4. term, Sustaianable Cities, Master (Master Programme)
Traditionally the development of a train station focuses on transportation manners for commuters. The challenge in modern train stations is the quality of the public space, which adds value to citizens through sustainable measures. It is crucial to strengthen participation for better development of train stations. There is a lack of involvement, and throughout the thesis, it is demonstrated that the argument is two-folded. The first one is local, about local development, inclusion, and achieving locally sustainable objectives. The other is about the system level. In order to handle the urbanization, new ways of governing are fundamental to achieve an optimal train station that comprehends all aspects of the transportation system. In a paradigm of transport where time-travel is at the center, there is not enough focus on the quality of the trip as a whole for people. The quality of the space is affected by the existing infrastructure that puts some limitations on the recreation of the place. Other challenging aspects of urban spaces, at the stations, are better transport modes, energy-efficiency, pollution reduction and policy framework. The focus on train stations is relevant for the development of sustainable cities since it offers quality of life, efficient connectivity, optimal and innovative use of public spaces and reduction of human footprint.
The purpose of this thesis is to explore the influence of the political structure and the local community concerning strengthening placemaking in train stations. The paper seeks to examine the complexities of stakeholders’ involvement to govern the process to achieve the concept of placemaking. The theoretical framework focuses on the governance approach used in the Glostrup project, which shows that there is a need for a proactive strategy that strengthens the public space on stations. Through interviews with key stakeholders related to Glostrup station’s development, their fluctuating involvement in the process illustrates the upcoming barriers of engaging the local community to contribute to the municipality's plans and strategy.
In conclusion, the political framework put forward by the City Council is pivotal for the development of the train station to manage sustainable objectives and strengthen the quality of the public space. Further studies are needed to investigate the impact of including key actors’ interests through co-finance and public-private partnerships.
Publication date2 Oct 2019
Number of pages98
External collaboratorGlostrup kommune
no name vbn@aub.aau.dk
ID: 311817340