Department of Architecture
Fall 2018 Discussion Series
With reference to Copenhagen, and several other international cities, this talk will reflect on transformations that have gone hand-in-hand with the revitalisation of urban cores of western cities over the last three decades, and the emergence of the playbook of the contemporary ‘attractive and competitive city’. The dominance of the corresponding ‘liveable and sustainable’ city model has coincided with a range of tendencies including: increased inequalities within cities, and between city and countryside; exacerbated unaffordability; spatial exclusion and sorting; intensified demographic imbalances including population ageing; ongoing securitization of urban space; and the fundamental threats of climate change and environmental degradation. How might the architect/urbanist be positioned to frame and communicate the spatial conditions of, and possible responses to these challenges? And how might this contemporary suite of ‘wicked problems’ influence the training, tools, and agency of the architect/urbanist as a spatially-focused generalist within the production of urban space and territory?
Deane Simpson is an architect and professor at KADK (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture) where he is co-leader of masters program Urbanism and Societal Change. He is author/editor of publications such as Young-Old (2015), The City Between Freedom and Security (2017), and Atlas of the Copenhagens (2018).
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