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Keynote speakers.

Ronan Paddison (University of Glasgow)

Henriette Steiner (University of Copenhagen)


About the conference.

Culture in Urban Space allows delegates to contextualise knowledge and engage with the local community. On 22-24 August, delegates will explore Copenhagen’s morphological and cultural distinction, visiting diverse neighbourhoods across the city. Conference presentations take place on 25-26 August at VerdensKulturCentret, Copenhagen’s multicultural community centre.


Presentations will address such issues as:

• How does urban design influence lived culture?

• How does urban morphology change over time alongside livelihoods and cultural expectations?

• How does cultural resistance arise to challenge top-down urban design?

• What can planners and designers do to promote cultural flexibility or sensitivity?

• Should designers seek to reinforce or add flexibility to cultural difference in the city?


Conference presentation on 25-26 August are open to the general public free of charge.





Culture in Urban Space

22-26 August 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark


The city cannot be understood in terms of its buildings, infrastructures, and physical geography alone. Urban materiality is inextricably linked with city life: Urban spaces are influenced by the cultures that inhabit them, and urban form shapes these cultures in turn. This conference brings together researchers, planners, designers, policymakers, and architects from around the globe to explore the mutual influence of urban culture and urban form.


Impacts of past urban planning reverberate long after original rationales have become obsolete: Fortifications (walls, moats, fortresses), transport infrastructure (railways, highways, city gates), and other elements of the built environment structure future development. Aspects of urban form contribute to dividing the city into neighbourhoods, determining which areas will flourish while others decay, encouraging shifts from industrial to tourism or leisure use. The city’s architectures affect the cultures of the people who use them: Different kinds of housing foster different forms of sociality or isolation, and different networked infrastructures promote different pathways to the internal cohesion and/or citywide integration of urban cultures. Whether urban cultural landscapes evolve gradually over time or result from decisive, top-down planning, they reflect and influence the city’s multitude of identities, industries, cultural politics, ethnic relations, and expressive cultures.