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Høje-Taastrup, Denmark


Høje-Taastrup, Danmark


Høje-Taastrup is a municipality situated on the western outskirts of Greater Copenhagen. It has around 50.000 inhabitants and has multiple centers spread along the main railway line connecting Copenhagen with the rest of Denmark. Modern day Høje-Taastrup came into existence as part of the realization of the 1947 “Finger Plan”, which envisioned railways stretching outwards from central Copenhagen, establishing the current urban sprawl surrounding the capital. What sets Høje-Taastrup apart from its neighbors is that it was designed to be the region’s main transportation hub in the 1950’s. Over a short period of time, the once rural municipality became a focal point for modernist urban planning. Today, 26 % of the population lives in social housing, and 13 % in severely deprived neighborhoods. Focusing on the creation of a more balanced city, the municipality is currently developing the severely deprived neighborhoods under a common plan with the goal of breaking down the social and physical barriers that isolate them from the surrounding city.

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