Key note speakers – University of Copenhagen

Key note speakers

Bernardo Secchi Landscape Graph

Bernardo Secchi (Italy) Professor emeritus of urbanism at Venice School of Architecture, Bernardo Secchi has been involved with the development of European welfare planning for several decades. He participated in the study of an inter-municipal plan for Milan (1960-63); worked together with Giuseppe Samonà on the development of the Trento regional plan (1966), and, with Paolo Ceccarelli, on the Aosta Valley plan (1972). He has been author, with Paola Viganò, of the plan for the Pescara region (1990) and subsequent plans most recently 2008-09. Studio Secchi-Viganò was among the ten architect teams asked by the French President Sarkozy to develop ideas and designs for The Grand Paris; in 2010. Along with two other architects Studio Secchi-Viganò was asked to develop ideas and design for Bruxelles 2040; and in 2012 he is among the ten architect teams asked to develop a project for The New Moscow. See also and

Sigrun Langner Landscape Graf

Sigrun Langner (Germany) As founding partner of the Leipzig based Station C23, Sigrun Langner has been involved with shrinking cities. Declining population leads to a challenging situation of fewer less public resources are available for handling an ever increasing number of left over open spaces. Station C23’s project for Dessau demonstrates the power of reinterpretation -reinterpretation of urbanity, open spaces, extensive and intensive cultivation, resources and of what is found on site. With a low budget and extensive stakeholder involvement Station C23 has developed new answers to the question of handling public open space in a context of decline. Sigrun Langner is registered Landscape Architect and graduated from the Technical University in Berlin in 2003. She is currently teaching landscape architecture and landscape planning at Bauhaus University Weimar, but has been teaching at University Hannover, landscape architectural departement, and “Studio Urbane Landschaften“. See also 

Wouter Vanstiphout Collage Exhibition

Wouter Vanstiphout (the Netherlands) Together with Michelle Provoost, Wouter Vanstiphout founded ‘Crimson’ in 1994. They describe themselves as ‘historians of the present’ and they have worked passionately andconsistently with the current city and the post war city. Their point of departure is that the way that we perceive, and hence describe history, is one of the most powerful tools for shaping the future. As historians they have been deeply involved design and urban planning. The Dutch Wimby! (Welcome into My Backyard), Past, Present & Future of a New Town is an alternative to traditional tabula rasa social housing development and with their Venice Biennal contribution, The Banality of Good, Crimson express their concern with the disappearance of ideas and visions in contemporary urban development which occurs when the clients are no longer municipalities or housing companies but developers with limited social engagement. Besides being founding partner of Crimson, Wouter Vanstiphout is Professor of Design and Politics at the Technical University of Delft, Delft since 2009. See also

Ljubo Georgiev Town Street

Ljubo Georgiev (Bulgaria/the Netherlands/China)
Being a Bulgarian, trained in Italy and the Netherlands and working in various places in Europe, Ljubo Georgiev (born 1981) is part of the new generation of transnational European architects. In 2012 Georgiev moved to China and since recently he has been working at Turenscape Beijing on urban planning and architecture projects for major Chinese cities. Georgiev’s involvement with the future of recent post-war architecture is expressed in various initiatives and projects. His main interest in post-war architecture is rooted in his intimate experience with the chaotic but creative bottom-up renovations, which were carried out in the 90's in the plattenbau neighbourhoods of his home country-Bulgaria. He advocates a renovation approach, which allows the users of neighbourhoods to play the active role in the renewal process. He argues for a design, which is not so much concerned with beautifying such areas, but rather with transforming them from passive dormitory suburbs into active urban environments. Ljubo Georgiev pays special interest to activating the social, economic and political processes of the contemporary city. He sees architecture as an open-ended infrastructure, able to leave space for the unexpected and unplanned to happen.

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Jean-Pierre Charbonneau Building ground Road

Jean-Pierre Charbonneau (France)
As consultant in urban and cultural policies, Jean-Pierre Charbonneau has been engaged with the strategic development of urban open space within a number of cities throughout Europe and Latin America. He regards urban transformation as a vehicle for social and political changes. His main aim is to emphasize the public space's role in the comfort of cities, especially in large groups, participating in the construction of knowledge on the subject expressed in two books: Arts de Villes (1994) and Transformation de Villes (2000). As consultancy periods often are quite long, Charbonneau seeks to make them an integral part of any project. This is often done through various events in order to enrich the urban action of cultural approaches (Atelier Saint-Etienne, "Lyon written city, a city and it’s writers," the Festival of Gardens streets, the systematic use of the creators) or through sociological dimension (participation of historians, anthropologists). Another implicit goal is quickly to improve the comfort of big cities by multiple actions leading to low-cost services improving the quality of everyday life. In 2002, Jean-Pierre Charbonneau was nominated for the Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme. See also