NORDIC ENCOUNTERS: TRAVELLING IDEAS ABOUT OPEN SPACE DESIGN AND PLANNING

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Second call for abstracts – we invite submissions from both practice and research. Deadline March 17 th to windk@ign.ku.dk
Conference: World in Denmark 2014 Copenhagen 12th -14th June 2014

“Super Danish”, “New Nordic”, and “Scandinavian welfare design” are among numerous seductive names that coin planning and architecture practices from the north these years. Landscape architects and urban designers from Denmark and the other Nordic countries have increasingly become exporters of design solutions to places like Beijing, New York and Christchurch, while Copenhagen repeatedly re­ceives awards for its liveability. However, looking beyond the immediate branding effect, what themes and values, methods and challenges are current in Nordic urban space design and planning in these years?

The issue goes beyond Denmark and the Nordic countries. It concerns what it means to intervene in cities and landscapes in a global era. How do general ideas about improving cities migrate and mutate, synergize and conflict in the encounter with specific contexts? What are the potentials and loss­es of producing traditions – such as the Danish or Nordic – in open space design and planning?

Keynote speakers: Kongjian Yu Turenscape and GSD Harvard (CN). Jan Gehl (DK). Jenny Osuldsen Snøhetta (NO). Belinda Tato Ecosistema Urbano (ES). Moderator: Paola Viganò l’Università Iuav di Venezia (IT).

See call at www.windk.dk . After the conference there will be a call for full papers to be published in Nordisk Arkitekturforskning/Nordic Journal of Architectural Research.

Organized by the Research Group of Landscape Architecture and –Urbanism, University of Copenhagen

Illustration by idamarielebech.dk

Signe Sophie Bøggild
Research Assistant, Art historian, Mag.art., MA

University of Copenhagen
Division of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Research Group of Landscape Architecture and -Urbanism
ssb@ign.ku.dk