Outline Programme

The programme and times may be subject to change – further details and regular updates will be available on this page.

Arrival Day
14 September
17:00 – 20:00
Welcome to Congress + Reception
Day 1
15 September
08:00 – 20:00
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

Welcome Reception
Hosted by the City of Aarhus at the famous City Hall, designed by Arne Jacobsen and Erik Møller


Day One – Friday 15 September
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
CF Møller in Aarhus
Julien Weyer
Partner, CF Møller
Study Visits of City Centre and Waterfront

A range of walking tours and a cycling tour taking in the City Centre, the Latin Quarter, and many of the recent but already iconic developments.

Bus trip looking at neighbourhoods, housing, sustainable forms of transport and some cultural venues.


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
Annette Galskjøt
Chief Executive, International Federation for Housing and Planning
The Role of Culture in Shaping Urbanism
Miren Azkarate
Lead Councillor for Culture, San Sebastián
‘Moving the Elephant for Inclusiveness’
Tinna Nielsen
Founder and Anthropologist, Move the Elephant
Q & A
Intelligent Inquiry Sessions
Choice of 7 themes:

1. Inclusive Economic Growth – Changing Demographic, Migration, Economic Impact
Jim Coleman AoU
Head of Economics, Buro Happold

Inclusive Economic Growth in European Cities – Danish & Scottish perspectives European cities are facing numerous challenges. An ongoing need to maintain economic competitiveness, create new employment and stimulate activity in high-value industries is complicated in many places by rapid population change. This makes the process of sustainable urban development more complex, as economic growth will need to incorporate access and inclusion for a larger and more diverse group of citizens. How best should cities approach the need for inclusive growth? What is the right blend of activity across economic strategy and social policy? And what about approaches to changing the built environment, including housing, transport, infrastructure investment or the design of shared spaces where changing communities can interact and access the services they need. In this session we explore approaches and ongoing challenges in both Scotland and Denmark – countries with many similarities, but which can provide lessons for the rest of Europe.

2. Settlement Networks – Regional Integration & Cohesion

3. Creative, Informal, Experimental and Pop-up Urbanism

4. Infrastructure and Place-making

5. Designing Inclusive Places & Neighbourhoods

6. Housing for the Future

7. Digital Urbanism
Martin Brynskov
Chair, Open & Agile Smart Cities

Lightning Talks on urban challenges

Venue: Bylaget/City Hall, Southern Harbour District

6 Pecha Kucha™ inspired presentations with observations, generating ideas which provoke,challenging questions and potential solutions. Themes to embrace, city development by the community,; active neighbourhoods; affordable living; involving the elderly; design really matters; experimentation and prototyping; and greener places

Keynote Speaker
Venue: Smedien, Værkmestergade 7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Prof Rob Adams
Director City Design & Projects, City of Melbourne

Day Two – Saturday 16 September 19:00 – Midnight
Congress Dinner

Venue: Centralværkstadt, Værkmestergade 9, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Arrival and Drinks Reception
Congress Dinner


Day Three – Sunday 17 September

Andrew Tuck, Editor, Monocle, in conversation with special guests:
Venue: Smedien, Værkmestergade 7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Rob Adam, Director City Design & Projects, City of Melbourne
Jan Gehl, Founder, Gehl Architects
With more guests to be announced

Close of Congress