Article | Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research | Invisible Lines Crossing the City: Ethnographic Strategies for Place-making

Title:
Invisible Lines Crossing the City: Ethnographic Strategies for Place-making
Author:
Samantha Hyler: Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Sweden
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.135361
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Year:
2013
Volume:
5
Theme:
Theme: Communicating Culture in Practice Edited by Samantha Hyler

Pages:
361-384
No. of pages:
24
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2013-09-26


Helsingborg, a coastal city in southern Sweden, initiated a long-term re-development project called H+ in 2009, aiming to convert industrial harbor space in the city’s south into a new, livable urban neighborhood and city center. The project aims to create an open and ’tolerant city’ in Helsingborg over the next twenty years. In 2010-2011, H+ used an open-source planning method as a strategy to incorporate multiple working methods and ideas into the planning process. As a cultural analyst, my role with the H+ project and the City of Helsingborg was to mediate social and cultural perspectives and development strategies between plan-ners and citizens. Focusing the project’s vision towards incorporating existing communities and their values, I applied an ethnographic method to culturally map Helsingborg’s social cityscapes. Cultural mapping integrates social and physical places into one map. It is a useful methodological tool in accessing ’cultural’ knowledge, translating ethnographic data into usable maps for city planners in the process of developing the H+ area. This article addresses how ethnographic meth-ods and cultural mapping engages with and revitalizes city planning, essentially a process of place-making the H+ area. An applied cultural analytical approach provokes planning practices and questions how and if planning can be more open and inclusive through deeper understandings of unique places that emerge from the relationships between people and spaces. The ’invisible,’ yet well-known, segregating line (a street called Trädgårdsgatan) in Helsingborg creates a particular condition that the city must contend with in order to achieve its vision of a ’toler-ant city.’

Keywords: Applied cultural analysis; place-making; cultural mapping; sensory ethnography; urbanity; segregation; tolerance

Volume 5, Theme: Theme: Communicating Culture in Practice Edited by Samantha Hyler

, Article 23, 2013

Author:
Samantha Hyler
Title:
Invisible Lines Crossing the City: Ethnographic Strategies for Place-making:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.135361
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    Volume 5, Theme:: Theme: Communicating Culture in Practice Edited by Samantha Hyler

    , Article 23, 2013

    Author:
    Samantha Hyler
    Title:
    Invisible Lines Crossing the City: Ethnographic Strategies for Place-making:
    DOI:
    10.3384/cu.2000.1525.135361
    Note: the following are taken directly from CrossRef
    Citations:
  • Simone Abram (2016). Culture? And planning?. Planning Theory & Practice, 17(4): 654. DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2016.1230318
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