From urban mobility to carbon emissions, today’s global challenges demand our attention. The Urban Challenge Programme has brought together academic institutions, municipalities, and corporations to address urgent challenges and sustainability issues across urban settings. The Programme has been supported by the Erasmus+ Programme for Knowledge Alliances. As an interdisciplinary, cross-institutional, cross-cultural higher education programme, the Urban Challenge Programme has facilitated the exchange of knowledge, experience, and ideas for urban sustainability across cities and countries.
The Urban Challenge Conference took place on april 25th, 2019 at CBS in Copenhagen. It was a day to showcase results from the Urban Challenges partnerships together with influential renowned practitioners as our speakers.
List of Guest Speakers
List of Guest Speakers
Opening Keynote: Bruce Katz, Co-Founder of New Localisms
Bruce J. Katz is the Co-Founder (with Jeremy Nowak) of New Localism Advisors. The mission of the firm is to help cities design, finance and deliver transformative initiatives that promote inclusive and sustainable growth. Katz regularly advises cross-sector urban, metropolitan, national and global leaders on public reforms and private innovations that advance the well-being of metropolitan areas and their countries.
Lyng Brøndum Dyrholm, BO & GRO
Lyng Broendum Dyrholm has been the project developer on the BO & GRO project. With inspiration from positive examples of school gardens and the city garden movement, the project aims to strengthen the bloom of the neighbourhood in the general residential areas through green activities. By working with residents to transform unused grassland into living gardens and activity environments, the goal is to point out new ways of coexistence and well-being.
Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes, Founding Director & Lead Architect of AKKA
Stephanie Akkaoui-Hughes is a world renowned architect and speaker with a distinctive vision and voice. She believes that the most sustainable forms of innovation emerge at the intersection of different fields. Her speeches, workshops and keynotes encourage interaction and innovation, transform approaches and provide for actionable tools.
Justin Kliger, Connected Places Catapult
Justin Kliger is a Senior Urbanist who recently joined Future Cities Catapult’s Digital Planning and Standards Team with a background in urban design and urban planning. Justin has over 12 years’ experience working as an urban designer and urban planner in Australia, Israel, Albania and the United Kingdom. Most recently he was Principal Urban Designer of one of London’s fastest growing Boroughs where he contributed to the preparation of a number of the council’s key planning policies and negotiated major development proposals. At Future Cities Catapult Justin is taking a leading role in the digitization of planning including developing concepts and prototyping new tools and innovations that can help reform the field of planning and architecture practice. At present Justin is working on a ground breaking masterplanning project with a private industry partner to help councils, developers and land owners more efficiently plan for new large scale developments.
Pietro Garau, Urbanist
Pietro Garau, an Italian urbanist, worked for two decades with UN-Habitat, where he led the agency’s research programme. His academic and research work has focused of late on the issue of urban public space as a catalyst for “reconquering the city” through such initiatives as the Rome Biennial of Public Space and the Charter of Public Space. He is also an advocate of rediscovering the human scale of century-old urban neighbourhood design as a sustainable template for dealing with massive global urbanization.
Aleksandra Kazmierczak, European Environment Agency
Aleksandra is an expert in urban climate change adaptation at the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen. Prior to the current job, she was a researcher and lecturer in geography and planning at several British universities. She has worked on various urban sustainability issues alongside adaptation, including assessment of risk from natural hazards such as floods or forest fires, green infrastructure planning, community food growing or urban regeneration.
Closing Keynote: Helle Søholt, Gehl
Helle is Founding Partner and CEO of Gehl. She started Gehl with Professor Jan Gehl in 2000. Through her leadership, strategic and organizational talent, the office has developed a knowledge base and experience portfolio that is respected internationally in the field of urban design and urban development. Over the years of its existence, Gehl has been awarded multiple prizes and recognitions for their contribution to making cities more livable and sustainable around the world.
Urban Challenge Programme Speakers
Elisabetta Basile and Claudio Cecchi, Sapienza - University of Rome - presenting on The paradox of urban agriculture
Viesturs Celmiņš, University of Latvia - presenting on Beyond refurbishing: Fleeing hollowing out one building at a time
Maria Figueroa & Johanna Lilius, CBS & Aalto University - presenting on The Helsinki-Copenhagen Urban challenge on Smart Cities
Kathi Kaesehage, University of Edinburgh - presenting on Creating Liveable Climate Solutions through City-University Partnerships
Luise Noring & Joerg Knieling, CBS & HafenCity University - presenting on Accelerating sustainability: learnings from the Hamburg-Copenhagen Urban Challenge