A New Culture of Urbanism Programme

Outline Programme

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Arrival Day
14 September
17:30 – 20:00
Welcome to Congress + Reception
Day 1
15 September
08:00 – 18:00
Orientation: Learning from Aarhus
Day 2
16 September
08:00 – Late
International Congress + Dinner
Day 3
17 September
09:00 – 11:30
Monocle “In Conversation With…..”

Arrival Day – Thursday 14 September
Venue: Rådhuspladsen 2, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Welcome Drinks Reception
Hosted by the City of Aarhus at the famous City Hall, designed by Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller
Aarhus Street Food
Venue: Ny Banegårdsgade 46, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
Located in the old bus garages by Aarhus Rutebilstation, Aarhus Street Food is a permanent street food market serving delicious and sustainable food from all corners of the world in urban surroundings.

Day One – Friday 15 September – Orientation Day
Venue: CF Møller, Europaplads 2, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Registration and Refreshments
Welcome to Aarhus
Jacob Bundsgaard, Mayor, City of Aarhus
Introduction to Congress
David Rudlin AoU, Chair, The Academy of Urbanism
Understanding Aarhus
Stephen Willacy AoU, City Architect, City of Aarhus
Aarhus, European Capital of Culture
Juliana Engberg, Programme Director, Aarhus 2017
CF Møller in Aarhus
Julian Weyer, Partner, CF Møller
Question and Answer session
Walking, cycling and bus tours of city centre, waterfront and neighbourhoods
Starting from the offices of CF Møller, there will be 4 simultaneous but different tours (3 walking and 1 cycling) across the city centre and waterfront area. PLEASE NOTE: There are a limited number of places available for the cycling tour (20max). These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Tour (Route) 1
Taking in transformational public space projects, temporary squares, cultural developments and the city’s historic, Latin Quarter.
Tour (Route) 2
Experience “Hygge” the famous Danish phenomena of cosiness and conviviality, going through some of the cities oldest streets, meeting the residents from some of these active neighbourhoods.

Tour (Route) 3

This cycling tour will take in the famous Dokk1 library, and other new developments along the harbour front.
Tour (Route) 4
This tour will focus on the inner harbour and will include Dokk1 and the 3 new harbor squares.
Following the walking and cycling tours, we will all meet at Dome of Vision for lunch.
Venue: Inge Lehmanns Gade, Pier 2, Aarhus Ø, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
Outer Aarhus Bus Trip
The buses will depart from Dome of Visions. Places to visit include: Moesgaard Museum, Rosenhøj, Gellerup, transformation of a 1970’s housing development, The New University Hospital, Lisbjerg, , Neye and Lystrup – examples of new neighbourhoods and private and affordable housing, Iceberg housing; Aarhus University Campus; and more.
Buses return to the City Centre – delegates to make their own arrangements for the evening.

Day Two – Saturday 16 September – AoU International Congress
Venue: ARoS, Aros Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark

Registration and Refreshments
Chair’s Welcome
David Rudlin AoU, Chair, The Academy of Urbanism
The New Urban Agenda: Post Habitat III
Anette Galskjøt, Chief Executive, International Federation for Housing and Planning
The Role of Culture in Shaping Urbanism
Prof Miren Azkarate, Lead Councillor for Culture, San Sebastián
Embracing the potential of digital urbanism
Martin Brynskov, Chair, Open & Agile Smart Cities
‘Moving the Elephant for Inclusiveness’
Tinna Nielsen, Founder and Anthropologist, Move the Elephant for Inclusiveness
Question and Answer session
Intelligent Inquiry Sessions
The purpose of these inquiry sessions is:

  • to explore key ‘Culture of Urbanism’ themes from a range of perspectives
  • to provide an exchange between Nordic, UK and other European experience
  • to engage in a participative inquiry – use knowledge in the room
  • to present data/evidence/argument/exemplar
  • to identify key elements of the ‘new culture of urbanism’

Choice of 4 themes:
1. Inclusive Economic Growth
Led by: Jim Coleman AoU, Head of Economics, Buro Happold
2. Exploiting informal, pop-up and experimental urbanism
Led by: Rikke Juul Gram, Partner, Schønherr
3. Cities for People: Creating inclusive places and mixed neighbourhoods
Led by: Rasmus Cassøe, Partner, CFBO & Björn Emil Härtel Jensen, Project and Campaign Manager, Realdania
4. Creating future housing for all
Led by: Places for people & Kim Risager, Senior Partner, Arkitema
Click here for more information about the workshops.

Lunch at ARoS
Delegates to depart from ARoS and make their way to Bylageret, in the Southern Harbour
Delegates arrive at Bylageret
Re-Think Activism, The Academy of Urbanism and Nordic City Network: A New Culture of Urbanism
Venue: Bylageret, Kalkværksvej 11A-B, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
Pecha Kucha™ style lightning talks on innovation, activism and engagement
Six speakers from AoU, NCN, and City of Aarhus to present a set observations generating ideas which provoke, raise challenging questions and offer potential solutions. Themes to embrace include; city development by the community; active neighbourhoods; affordable living; Involving the elderly design really matters; experimentation and prototyping; and greener places.
Introduced by: Kevin Murray AoU, Director, Academy of Urbanism
Chaired by: Andrew Tuck, Editor, Monocle Magazine

  1. Rethink Activism: Building ownership for the city
    Paul Natorp, Co-Founder, Sager der Samler
  2. Dawn of the 5th Age: From financial to human capital
    Yolande Barnes AoU, Head of the World Research Team, Savills
  3. Neighbourhood tales
    Anna Hjerrild, Anthropologist and Urban Strategic Consultant, Odense Municipality
  4. Building bridges: From grassroots to developers – A story about an idea and a bridge that comes to life
    Martin Thiim, Founder, Kulbroen and Lead Organiser, Creativity World Forum 2017
  5. Engaging the residents to take part of urban development in a social disadvantaged area
    Louise Holm, Linköping resident
  6. Designing for a common vision
    Giulia Vallone AoU, Senior Executive Architect, Cork County Council
Close and delegates to make their way to Centralværkstedet

Global Urbanism – Learning from an international perspective
Venue: Centralværkstedet, Værkmestergade 9, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
Intro by David Rudlin AoU, Chair, The Academy of Urbanism
The Transformation of Melbourne
Prof Rob Adams, Director City Design & Projects, City of Melbourne
Intro by Christer Larsson AoU, Chair, Nordic City Network
Social sustainable development and a new planning concept
Helle Søholt, Founding Partner & CEO, Gehl
Question and Answers
Close of session

Day Two – Saturday 16 September 19:00 – 00:00 – Congress Dinner
Venue: Centralværkstedet, Værkmestergade 9, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Arrival and Drinks Reception
Congress Dinner


Day Three – Sunday 17 September – Exchanging Learning
Venue: Smedien, Værkmestergade 7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Registration and refreshments
Andrew Tuck, Editor, Monocle, in conversation with special guests:
Prof Rob Adams, Director City Design & Projects, City of Melbourne
Juliana Engberg, Programme Director, Aarhus 2017, European Capital of Culture
Jan Gehl, Founder, Gehl Architects
Kristine Jensen, Landscape Architect, Kristine Jensen Architects
Cork City Council to announce Congress 2018
Ann Doherty, Chief Executive, Cork City Council
Thanks and close of Congress
David Rudlin AoU, Chair, The Academy of Urbanism
Close of Congress