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.

This lecture is part of the Learning from… series.

Spreads from Atlas of the Copenhagens. Co-editors: Deane Simpson, Kathrin Gimmel, Anders Lonka, Marc Jay, Joost Grootens. Book forthcoming with Ruby Press.


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