Wonderful Copenhagen has at least one problem in common with most other European capitals: the housing shortage.
GV. Large blicks of new pre-fabricated flats.
ANGLE V. PAN. Down another block.
GV. Another block.
LV. Another block.
TOP V. Another block.
GV. Group of new blocks.\
GV. Block of flats, children play in spacious play-ground in FG.
SV. Children play in small crowded street.
SV. Wooden feacing around building about to be demolished.
GV. Ramshackle building.
NEARER V. Ditto.
GV. Partially demolished buildings.
GV.PAN. Down from cramped housed PAN down to space being cleared for new flats.
LV. Crane and grab knocking down walls.
SV. Men clearing debris.
GV.PAN. Area being cleared.
TOP V.PAN.Across the site.
GV. Pre-fabricated slabs stockpiled.
SV. Pipes forming the core of the pre-fabricated walls are washed prior to being cemebted.
CU. Metal mesh is placed over piping.
STV. Cement carriers.
SV. Cement onto pipes.
STV. Cement being spreed.
SV. Men prepare wall and window frame for cementing.
SV.PAN. Vacuum cleaner clears off unwanted particles of cement from finished section.
Finished wall is smoothed by machine.
LV. Stock pile of finished sections.
SV. Wall and doorframe dakin to stockpile.
TOP GV. Building site.
SCU. First bricks in position.
TOP V. Pre-fabricated wall hoisted into position by crane.
STV. In position.
LV.PAN. Completed row of ground floor sections.
SV. Decorator at work inside first floor.
ANGLE V. Window section into position on third storey.
ANGLE V. Block almost complete.
GV. Completed block.
SV.INT. Young woman in flat.
GV.PAN. The new block.
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Background: Wonderful Copenhagen has at least one problem in common with most other European capitals: the housing shortage. In the old part of the city people live cramped conditions, narrow thoroughfare lack sunshine, and houses as well as facilities date back centuries.
In April 1959 the Danish Government decided to reorganise the country's capital in a big way. Plans were made for the demolition by 1970 of old houses containing a total of 50,000 flats, and for the construction by 1960 of some 25,000 modern flats in multi-storey building.
For the speedy implementation of this huge programme, the organisers are relying on up-to-date building methods using pre-cast concrete units. These units, ranging from foundation blocks to whole wall sections, are manufactured on the assembly line and stored ready for delivery. At one time a manufacturer amy have enough pre-cast concrete parts in his storeroom to make up several multi-storey buildings. Stored away, the sections take up surprisingly little room.
On the building site - cleared of all rubble left by demolition gangs - the new structure goes up like a do-it-yourself kit. With the foundation laid, cranes lift huge sections into position, piecing the building together with clockwork precision...the floor here, the walls there, the ceiling on top - one storey completed. And while the next floor goes into place, carpenters, decorators, electricians and other craftsmen get to work on the erected part putting in windows and doors, painting, papering, and installing the necessary services.
Apart from being faster, cheaper and cleaner than conventional brick-building, the pre-cast concrete method has the advantage of permitting continuous erection throughout the otherwise critical winter months. Known in several countries, the method ins now getting more and more popular in the battle against the general housing shortage.