The Welfare City in Transition: The Success and Failure of the Danish Welfare City (Arkitektens Forlag, 2020) is a compilation of influential texts and images published between 1923–2020. The book is edited by Signe Sophie Bøggild, Pernille Maria Bärnheim, and Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss.
The welfare city as we know it today is facing structural transformations, undermining the ideology of the post-war welfarism. As the welfare city has entered a new phase of market driven development, many of the challenges that the post-war welfare city’s architects and decision makers dealt with resemble the present- day crises: financial crisis, migration crisis, democracy crisis, housing crisis, health crisis – and on top of it the major ‘newcomer’ crises of climate changes and the covid-19 pandemic. Through a compilation of texts and images from different voices and decades the book presents key challenges and perspectives of the past, present and future of the Danish welfare city. It provides a critical map for reflection and action when tackling the urban issues of our time.
The text is in English. The book is illustrated with black-and-white photographs, drawings, diagrams, and other visual material.