The Clever Active Cities conference focuses on intelligent urban planning that incorporates physical and social activities directly into the planning system and not as individual initiatives in the city's space. The conference will highlight some trends that promote or hinder physical or social activity. Subsequently, the intention is to trace the effect on the space of the modern city and to inspire with concrete examples that promote "the good life" and the opportunities therein in the course of ongoing research, development projects and practices.
Clever Active Cities focuses on a number of challenges for health and well-being in urban communities. In the face of rising urbanization and the transition to urban societies that are CO2 neutral, the city plays a key role in promoting health and well-being as well as addressing the challenge of socio-economic inequalities among urban residents, the lack of social cohesion, high occurrence of loneliness, increasing obesity, social inequality in health, physical inactivity pandemic and many other challenges. Cities play important roles in solving these problems and in providing urban environments that promote the health and well-being of urban dwellers. In short, the conference seeks to bring recent experiences and responses into dialogue with research areas in the built environments, health, and wellness.
Arranged and supported by
The conference is organized by the international research network Active Cities Network (ACN), an international, interdisciplinary research collaboration between the Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation, and seven other European universities from Denmark, Italy, Finland, Spain and Sweden. The conference is kindly supported by the Realdania Foundation.
The aim of the conference is to contribute to education and inspiration of professionals in municipalities, in architectural offices, in higher education, planners, investors and by decision-makers in general.
Time and place
Thursday, May 5th, 2021. The conference will be held digitally on Microsoft Teams. Link to the event will be sent 24 hours prior to the email address, that you provided, when you signed up on Billetto.
The symposium is free. There is room for a maximum of 100 participants according to the “first come, first served” principle.
PROGRAM (subject to change)
09:00 Registration and morning coffee
09:30 Associate Professor René Kural, Royal Danish Academy. Welcome and introduction to the topics and objectives of the symposium
The clever, active city - technology-based city planning
09:35 Adjunct Professor Elena Dorato, University of Ferrara. Preventive Urbanism. The role of health in designing active cities
10:10 Professor Pablo Martinez, 300.000km/S, Barcelona. Air quality and urban design
10:45 Professor Deane Alan Simpson, Royal Danish Academy. Crisis of Urban Imaginaries - How might the current crises of climate, environment, and inequality – and their confluence articulated in the current pandemic – trigger and justify alternate urban imaginaries?
11:20 Associate Professor René Kural, Royal Danish Academy. Tools to improve the opportunities for physical and mental well-being for seniors in a socially disadvantaged area
13:00 City Architect Camilla van Deurs, Copenhagen Municipality. Specific examples from the City of Copenhagen
13:35 Assistant Professor, Dr. Emanuele Sommariva, University of Genoa. Cre/Eat/Ing City –Urban Agriculture Strategies for City Resilience
14:10 Professor Kristine Jensen, Royal Danish Academy. The City in the Landscape, the Landscape of the City
14:45 Coffee break
15:00 Invited keynote speaker, Professor Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Atelier Bow Wow. Architecture and City and Society for Resourceful Human
15:50 Associate Professor René Kural, Royal Danish Academy. Thank you for coming
16:00 Excursion to CopenHill by foot. If the pandemic does not allow physical attendance, a film about the ski slope and the incineration plant CopenHill will be shown as a part of Copenhagen's goal of becoming the world's first CO2 neutral capital in 2025