Sundsberg – Gated community

22.08.2007 at 17:40 | Posted in HSS | 2 Comments

 by HSS student Johanna Leiter

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Sundsberg’s maritime-flavoured residential area, nowadays also called Happy Village, is located on a gentle slop, next to a meadow and behind a dense forest. Already over one thousand Sundsberg residents, about 350 families, live in Sundsberg. When completed, Sundsberg will be a 2,600-person village with its own schools and business centre.Sundsberg Kartanoranta is situated at the border between Espoo and Kirkkonummi near the shore of Espoonlahti Bay. This superb location is one of the metropolitan area’s most spectacular natural settings.With its 145 km of shoreline, Kirkkonummi has a decidedly maritime atmosphere. Contrasting with the austerity of the municipality’s rugged coastal landscapes are numerous lush groves, historically important cultivated landscapes, lake-filled highlands, swamps and wilderness forests. Nature conservation areas account for a considerable part of Kirkkonummi’s total land area. Nowaday it´s one of the fastest growing communities in the region of Helsinki.

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Gated communities are closed-off spaces, representing a transformation of open space to closed space through physical boundaries.

The single most distinctive feature of gated communities is their separation from public space, by restriction of access to non-residents. The separation can consitst in a distinctive featured wall, fence and gate. Some of these are elaborate, decorative, threatening, and expensive, while others are simple, inexpensive, and purely functional. While the physical walls and gates are important visible features of human landscapes, there are also “cognitive or mental” walls and fences we construct. They are constructed for many of the same reasons as physical features. These walls, the phisical or the “cognitive or mental”, are constructed for various purposes, sometimes “to keep us in or behind the walls and gates,” and other times “to prevent others from entering our private spaces and properties” or “to keep us secure” and “to keep a stranger out.”

Where do borders start and where do they end?

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