Surveillance, Transparency and the Hidden in Contemporary Culture
Edited By Henriette Steiner and Kristin Veel
6 Urban Bottles and Green Glass: Display and Transparencies in Post-Industrial Tuborg
Since the late twentieth century, European industrial areas with harbour facilities have frequently been converted into urban settings in which glass is a major architectural component. Incorporated into the façades of both dwellings and office buildings, glass is often closely connected to positive commercial and lifestyle-related narratives, which focus on the extensive view of the sea, canals, or other aquatic surfaces. Yet glass may also inspire narratives of surveillance that affect the mental and the social spirit of such places, and contradict certain desires for the unmediated urban presence of human beings. After all, glass participates in a new urban or suburban culture, where life is increasingly protected, insulated, or at least mediated by the glass surfaces of houses as well as automobiles. While urban spaces in such coastal or harbour areas are sometimes designed with great care, they are also strikingly vacant, devoid of human bodies, and even hostile to civic encounters. At least, this is the impression frequently reported from a wealthy redeveloped area on the coast just outside Copenhagen – an area whose modes of display and diverse forms of transparency we will explore in the following pages on post-industrial Tuborg.
For more than a century, Denmark’s world-famous Tuborg beer was brewed at a heterogeneous industrial site named ‘Tuborg’, situated on the threshold between the Danish capital, Copenhagen, and the wealthy suburbs up the coast of Øresund. Since the 1980s, brewing activities have been transferred to efficient factories in...
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