valby phototour 1 of 4

November 9, 2007

I’m supplementing my interviews with bicycle tours of the neighborhoods I’m investigating. I decided to do this for several reasons: to get to know my study areas better (especially for my interviews), to compare what I’ve seen in the SAVE atlases to what’s on the ground, and to discover areas that are not in the atlases, or that seem to be undergoing change. I did use the areas outlined in the SAVE atlases as points of departure for my survey, but made sure to walk or bike between the designated areas in order to observe what the rest of the neighborhood looks like. I’ll post the Valby phototour as four separate installments. During this first survey, I visited the “old town” of Valby as well as some interesting housing enclaves of singular character. I also had a chance to observe some new projects going up in older areas, and I saw the divisive infrastructure at work, separating the municipality into multiple “slices” of neighborhood.

Here is a map of the neighborhood with the photo locations indicated by number (see photos below):



1. + 2. The Carlsberg quarter is a mostly residential area of squarish, brick houses (1). The brewery (2) lies in the northeast corner of Valby.


3. More houses in the Carlsberg quarter.


4. This is one area whose character wasn’t self-explanatory. It’s labeled “Vebyggelse ved Toftebakkevej of Valhøjvej” in the SAVE atlas…I’ll have to ask further about what exactly it is. There is a row of similar-looking houses, but it’s not big enough to be a planned residential quarter, and I don’t see any signage or iconic buildings. Perhaps a home or business of historic importance?


5. A detail of the street in the above photo (4).


6. “Det Gamle Valby,” or Old Valby. There is a clear sense of a downtown main street, and several of the old buildings are a similar yellow color, which gives the area a feeling of cohesiveness.


7. + 8. Other building types in Old Valby.


9. Old Valby, just behind the main street. Narrow streets and closely-packed buildings give this area an older feel.


10. Nordisk Film, one of Valby’s major employers.


11. Behind Nordisk Film’s fenced-in compound.


12. Selveje, a neighborhood of duplex homes. You can see that the homes are divided right down the middle, often with the two halves being painted different colors.


13. Another of the duplex homes in Selveje.


14. “Den Røde By,” or The Red Town, is a residential area with particularly wide streets (paved with red gravel, though I’m assuming the area gets its name from the small brick homes that populate it).


15. Homes in The Red Town. Most have small yards, and often two adjacent houses share joined carports or garages.


16. + 17. “Den Hvide By,” or The White Town, is a bit more true to its name than the previous area. All of the houses in this small residential area are very similar and are all painted white. This seems to be a slightly more well-to-do enclave than the other ones I’ve visited so far.


18. More homes in “Den Hvide By.”


19. The rail line that bisects Valby, running in an east-west direction.


20. A view across the border of Valby of northern neighbor Frederiksberg’s high rise housing.


21. Train bridge over one of Valby’s main east-west streets, Valby Langgade.


22. New residential construction happening in Old Valby.


23. Another major groundbreaking in Old Valby (not exactly sure what this project is; need to ask).


24. A large ongoing construction and renovation project in the main public space of Old Valby.


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