Key Note Speakers – University of Copenhagen

Key Note Speakers

Andrea Kahn

Andrea KahnAndrea Kahn has published extensively on the formative roles of site representation and is internationally recognized for her investigations into various site concepts. With Carol Burns, she is a contributing editor of the multidisciplinary anthology Site Matters: Design Concepts, Histories and Strategies (Routledge, 2005). 

Engaging the site as a generative construct has been a major subject in Kahn’s teaching urban design at a wide range of architecture programs in the United States, Europe and Australia during the last 25 years. She is a Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. Further, Kahn is a Visiting Critic at Yale University and former Visiting Professor of Urban Design at City College of New York.

In her recent research Kahn investigates the urban design process and the impact of competitions with urban aspirations on definitions of urban design as a field of theory and practice. She served as contributing editor of Constellations: Constructing Urban Practices (Columbia Books on Architecture, 2007) and Drawing/Building/Text (Princeton Architectural Press, 1991).

Besides her academic work, Kahn is founding principal of designCONTENT, a consulting practice focusing on design communication and presentation strategies for architectural and urban projects.

Günther Vogt

Günther VogtGünther Vogt has developed a sensibility towards the geological, botanical and hydrological findings on a site in his numerous landscape architecture projects in Europe and other parts of the world. He insists that ancient principles from the profession of gardening are a key to sustainable engagement with sites, in which local cycles of water and energy are maintained.

Vogt founded Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten Zurich in 2000, with later branches in Munich (2002) and London (2008). After Miniature and Panorama: Vogt Landscape Architects, Projects 2000-2006 (Lars Muller Publishers, 2006), a new book will appear in March 2010: Distance and Engagement. Walking, Thinking and Making Landscape (Lars Muller Publishers) offers a comprehensive introduction to Vogt's design processes.

Among Vogt's recent projects are: Masterplan Landscape and detailed design for single projects for the Carlsberg urban district in Copenhagen, the "all-weather garden" of the Tate Gallery of Modern Art in London, the Novartis Campus Park in Basel and the landscape of the Allianz Arena in Munich.

He has been teaching as a professor at ETH Zurich since 2005 and is the director of the NSL Network City and Landscape at the same university. Vogt is trained as a horticulturist and landscape architect.

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Tone Lindheim

Tone LindheimTone Lindheim describes her work as "listening to the story of the site so we can add a fresh new chapter speaking for our own times”.  The Oslo-based landscape architect is a partner of Bjørbekk & Lindheim (B&L) and has contributed substantially to the transformation of Norway's former main airport, Fornebu, into a new urban and recreational district. In the new "Nansen Park" B&L enhance local vegetation and add new recreational areas with public amenities and water attractions.

The Pilestredet Park in Oslo is a transformation of the former national hospital (Rikshospitalet) into a mixed-use urban housing district. This landscape architecture project has been widely recognized as ecologically sustainable reuse and was awarded with Oslo Bys Arkitekturpris (2005) and Statens Byggeskikkpris (2007). The work of B&L spans from large-scale planning projects to small urban spaces.

Lindheim is professor in landscape architecture at the Institute for Landscape architecture  of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, UMB. She lectures extensively at the Norwegian Technical University and Oslo Architecture School and has written about the city and landscape architecture in several articles and books. Lindheim studied Landscape Architecture at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

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João Ferreira Nunes

João Ferreira NunesJoão Ferreira Nunes is internationally recognized for flexible urban projects that integrate cultural and natural processes and pay special attention to the existing topography found on site. He is the founding partner of the landscape architecture practice PROAP Estudos e Projectos de Arquitectura Paisagista Lda in Lisbon.

PROAP works all over Europe and in Africa, ranging from small scale realizations such as the Mondego Green Park's western entrance in Coimbra,  Portugal, and the award winning project for the Forlanini Park (City Hall of Milan) up to big scale strategic projects as the Scheldt quay transformation in Antwerp, Belgium. PROAP has carried out national projects such as Tejo Urban Park / waterfront for the the EXPO'98, Lisbon, the PORTO'2001 European Capital of Culture (Cordoaria Garden, a historic garden rehabilitation).

Besides his practice Nunes is teaching Landscape Architecture at the Technical University in Lisbon and lectures frequently at various universities, such as Harvard, the ETSAB of Barcelona, IUAV of Venezia and the Polytechnics of Milan and Torino.

Nunes is trained as a landscape architect at the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona.

Alexandre Chemetoff

Alexandre Chemetoff Alexandre Chemetoff has always had a free way of dealing with the various areas of architecture.

As an architect, urban planner Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme (2000) and landscaper, he regards his work as a commitment. In 1983, he founded Bureau des Paysages, a structure comprising architects, landscapers and people with diverse backgrounds involved in town and country planning. Since 2002, the company is called Alexandre Chemetoff & Associés.

Today, he carries out studies and manages projects ranging from gardens to cities and construction, always seeking to understand the processes of land transformation at a global level – from details to the large scale. Several recent projects are representative of his concerns: public space rehabilitation (Île de Nantes), the economy of means (Park Paul-Mistral in Grenoble), the inheritance of a huge block of flats of the 1960’s (Plateau de Haye, Nancy), the construction of individual or collective housings (La Rivière, a garden city in Blanquefort, Bichat-Temple, a building in Paris), the insertion of a shopping centre in the centre of an old city (the Champ-de-Mars in Angoulême).

Among numerous publications, a book Alexandre Chemetoff -Visits (Birkauser, 2009) and an exhibition Situations construites (Arc-en-rêve, Bordeaux 2009) illustrate the way he develops his projects by visiting the sites, walking them and connecting them with other experiences.

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(only in Danish) At økonomisere med stederne (pdf) af Malene Hauxner - Videnblad fra Skov & Landskabs Videntjeneste.