Welcome to NSBB 2013
The Nordic Urban and Housing Research Network (NSBB) was established in 1997 with the aim of hosting annual Nordic seminars on urban and housing research in the Nordic countries.
The host of this year’s conference is the Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University in cooperation with the Centre for Housing Research and will be held from September 17th to 19th in Roskilde, Denmark. This year's theme is:
Suburbs - transformation and development
The Scandinavian suburbs have existed for a while now, and there are currently numerous ongoing initiatives discussing the future development of suburbs. This happens in the recognition that suburbs represent a significant part of the overall townscape, combined with a new interest in suburban qualities. The conference aims to discuss the ideas and ideals that form the basis of the current suburb development projects; projects which all intend to revitalize and develop the suburban everyday life.
It seems that the interest in the suburbs has occurred after several decades where they have been subjects to harsh criticism. The suburbs have been associated with environmental and social problems, and their settlements have been called poor on experiences and alienating. Efforts are therefore done among both scientists and practitioners, to elucidate the suburban issues and to developing the strategies that may be the solution to solve the very same problems.
The Danish Suburb. Photo: Moderne Arkitektur.