Monday, May 19th, 2.30pm
Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani, Aula Gamma, Via Ampère, 2 Milano

Alessandro Coppola, Politecnico di Milano
Alberto Vanolo, Università degli Studi di Torino
Hybridizing autonomous spaces
The politics of scale and autonomy in the future of the FreeTown of Christiania


Paolo Cottino, Politecnico di Milano
Marianna D’Ovidio, Università di Milano Bicocca
Stefano Moroni, Politecnico di Milano

Born as a squat in 1971, Christiania is an autonomous Free Town located in the center of Copenhagen. After 40 years of struggles in order to survive and to maintain its autonomy, Christiania reached an agreement in 2011 with the Danish Government. If on one hand the agreement apparently guarantees the survival of Christiania, on the other hand it regulates various domains that used to be self-regulated by the community, and therefore limits Christiania’s autonomy. Following their fieldwork conducted in the Free
Town in 2011 and 2012, Alberto Vanolo and Alessandro Coppola present their research discussing the potential effects of the agreement on some of these domains. Their key argument is that Christiania has come to represent a peculiar case of hybridization of forces of autonomy and of forces of neoliberalization, and that the tensions between these two forces could potentially lead to different outcomes that challenge traditional understanding of both autonomy and neoliberalism in urban contexts.