Learning from... Copenhagen

Talk, in English, Paul-Desmarais Theatre, 21 May 2015 , 6pm

Deane Simpson presents the Atlas of the Copenhagens, a book project addressing an urban territory that has been posited in the media and celebrated by the municipality of Copenhagen as the world’s most sustainable and liveable city. Such claims suggest that Copenhagen is a fitting site to study and engage in a debate on sustainability and liveability.

The Atlas operates to demystify the mechanisms of various competing city ranking indexes and addresses the attendant problem of the conceptual and territorial limits of “the city” as an object of measurement. It is co-edited by Deane Simpson, Kathrin Gimmel, Anders Lonka, Marc Jay, Joost Grootens.

Deane Simpson is an architect, educator and researcher teaching at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, Copenhagen and at BAS, Bergen where he is professor of architecture and urbanism. He is formerly a unit master at the AA, London, faculty member at the ETH Zürich, and associate at Diller + Scofidio, New York. He received his doctorate from the ETH Zürich. He is author of Young-Old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society, published by Lars Müller.

The Learning from… series takes its title from Learning from Las Vegas (1972), Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour’s influential publication, which analysed the commercial strips and architectural symbolism of Las Vegas in order to understand urban sprawl. In this spirit, the series brings together experts to explore specific urban conditions and their relevance to the future development of cities”

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