World in Denmark 2014 - Keynote Speakers  

Keynote Speakers

Michael Asgaard Andersen

Chalmers University of Technology, Denmark & Sweden

Michael Asgaard AndersenMichael Asgaard Andersen is Associate Professor and Head of Division at Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture. He was co-curator of the exhibition New Nordic: Architecture & Identity at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (2012). He is educated as an architect MAA and holds an M.Arch. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and a Ph.D. from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Architecture.

Andersen has published numerous articles in books and magazines, including RIBA Journal, Architectural Research Quarterly, Arkkitehti, Nordic Journal of Architecture and Arkitektur DK. He is the author of the book Jørn Utzon: Drawings and buildings (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014) as well as the editor of Nordic Architects Write: A documentary anthology (Routledge, 2008) and co-editor of New Nordic: Architecture & Identity (Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2012) and Paradoxes of Appearing: Essays on art, architecture and philosophy (Lars Müller Publishers, 2009).

Jenny Osuldsen

Snøhetta, Norway

Jenny OsuldsenSnøhetta AS began as a collective practice combining architecture and landscape architecture. Snøhetta’s main office is situated in Oslo and expanded in 2004 with an office in NYC. It is an international office based on the Nordic model with employees from all over the world. Since winning the well publicized international competition for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in 1989, Snøhetta has continued to establish a reputation for creating important and high quality designs with integrity and timeless character.

The equitable in-house connection between landscape architecture, architecture, interior and graphic design has allowed Snøhetta to develop a unique focus that both respects and illuminates the often ignored or unseen characteristics of context and program. Landscape and architecture have been developed into a single idea creating a new and emerging spirit for architectural practices, worldwide.

Jenny B. Osuldsen is educated as Landscape architect in Norway (MLArch) and in the USA. She has been working in Snøhetta since 1995 and is one of six partners in Snøhetta. She is also Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Life Science at Ås in Norway and Guest Professor at Ax:son-Johnson Institute of Sustainable Urban Design SUDes at the University of Lund in Sweden.

Kongjian Yu

Turenscape & Harvard GSD, China & USA

Kongjian YuKongjian Yu, fellow of American Society of Landscape Architects, received his Doctor of Design at the Harvard GSD. He is the founder and Dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape. He founded Turenscape, an internationally awarded firm of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism. Yu defines landscape and urban design as the Art of Survival and is well known for his ecological stance, which is often against the resistance from local authorities. Yu's projects received numerous international awards due to their ecologically sound and culturally sensitive design.

Yu publishes widely, his current publications include The Beautiful Big Foot, Landscape as Ecological Infrastructure and The Art of Survival. Through his works, Yu tries to reconstruct ecological infrastructure across scales as alternative infrastructure to solve multiple environmental problems and to define a new aesthetics (the big feet aesthetics). His ecological approach to urbanism has been implemented in over 200 cities in China and abroad, and have had significant impact on national policies aiming at improving the environment in China, for which he was recognized with numerous awards and honors by the central government. The most recent book: Designed Ecologies: The Landscape Architecture of Kongjian Yu (William Saunders ed., Birkhauser, 2012) explores Yu’s work in eleven essays by the noted authors and extensively documents 22 of selected projects.

Jeff Risom

Gehl Architects, Denmark & USA

Jeff RisomJan Gehl along with colleagues and students undertook the first ‘Public Space Public Life Survey’ of Copenhagen’s streets and spaces in 1968. In 2000, Gehl and Søholt established Gehl Architects transforming Jan’s 40 years of extensive research into practice, with the aim of creating cities for people. Copenhagen continues to serve as Gehl’s living laboratory.

At Gehl we focus on the relationship between the built environment and people’s quality of life. Gehl is an urban research and design consultancy. We address global trends with a people-focused approach, utilizing empirical analysis to understand how the built environment can promote human flourishing. We apply this analysis to strategic planning and human-centred design to empower citizens, decision makers, company leaders, and organizations.

As Managing Director of Gehl Studio – New York|San Francisco, Jeff leads the US subsidiary of Gehl Architects Copenhagen, overseeing design, planning and research projects throughout the Americas. Jeff works at the intersection of urban design, governance, business and culture to deliver projects that are economically viable and socially equitable while efficiently using energy, land and time. Jeff has worked with both public and private clients as well as non-governmental organizations in Europe, the USA, Latin America, India and China. Jeff is an active teacher and lecturer, speaking at conferences around the world and is guest lecturer at Harvard GSD, U. Penn, London School of Economics, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art and the Danish Institute for Study Abroad.

Belinda Tato

Ecosistema Urbano, Spain

Belinda TatoBelinda Tato is co-founder and co-director of the firm ecosistema urbano established in 2000 in Madrid. Ecosistema urbano is a Madrid-based group of architects and urban designers operating within the fields of urbanism, architecture, engineering and sociology. We define our approach as urban social design by which we understand the design of environments, spaces and dynamics in order to improve self-organization of citizens, social interaction within communities and their relationship with the environment. We have used this philosophy to design and implement projects in Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, France and China. Since 2000, ecosistema has received more than 30 awards in national and international architecture design competitions and during the last four years their work has been covered by more than 200 media from 30 countries, and their projects have been exhibited at multiple galleries, museums and institutions. Founding partners have led workshops, lectured and taught at the most prestigious institutions worldwide (2010, 2012 and 2013 visiting professors at Harvard GSD).

At the moment, ecosistema urbano is working on several urban proposals and their most recent projects include the new building for the Reggio Children Foundation in Reggio Emilia (Italy), an experimental urban playground in Dordrecht (Netherland), the “Ecopolis Plaza” a waste to resources building on the outskirts of Madrid and the project dreamhamar for Hamar (Norway) a network design project for the redevelopment of the city’s main public space.

Keynote Moderator

Paola Viganò

Università IUAV of Venice, Italy

Paola ViganòPaola Viganò, architect and urbanist, is Full Professor in Urbanism at Università IUAV of Venice and at EPFL Lausanne. Guest professor in several schools of Architecture (KU Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium; Aarhus Denmark, Harvard GSD…), she is the coordinator of the Program in Urbanism at the Università IUAV PhD School. In 2005 she was among the founders of the European Postgraduate Master in Urbanism EMU (a joint program among UPC Barcelona, TU Delft, KU Leuven, Università IUAV, Venezia). In 2013 she received the French Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme et de l’Art Urbain in France. In 1990 she founded Studio together with Bernardo Secchi and has won several international competitions (among the realized projects: the park Spoornoord and Theaterplein in Antwerp together with the city Structure plan, a system of public spaces in Mechelen, the cemetery in Courtrai, the public spaces in La Courrouze, Rennes (in realization), the masterplan and the hostel in De Hoge Rielen…). In 2009 and 2012 Secchi and Viganò have been one of the 10 teams selected for the “Grand Paris project” and for the “New Moscow”. Together they published Antwerp. Territory of new Modernity, 2009. In 2011-2012 Studio has worked on a vision for Brussels 2040 and Lille 2030 and now on Montpellier Projet Urbain 2040. Studio is today part of the Atelier International du Grand Paris.