Placemakers’ Visual Stories

In Placemakers’ Visual Stories, I invite some of the most seasoned placemaking practitioners in Copenhagen to share their experience with participation and citizen involvement in urban planning, and I draw their story in real time.

Sketchnote showing with illustrations and text the history of Urban 13

How to turn temporary use into long-term development? | Placemakers’ Visual Stories #6

In this episode of the Placemakers’ Visual Stories, I received Alexander Stevns, co-director of Urban13 and actively engaged in the transformation of Bispeengbuen, in Copenhagen. We talked about public space activation and what it takes to turn temporary use into long-term development. Bispeengbuen is an elevated 6-lane motorway on the border between Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. …

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Søren Houen Schmidt Placemakers Visual Stories

Why you should go quicker, lighter, cheaper | Placemakers’ Visual Stories #5

In this episode of the Placemakers’ Visual Stories, I received Søren Houen Schmidt, co-founder of Rekommanderet in Copenhagen. We talked about how quicker, lighter, cheaper interventions in public spaces can make a big difference in people’s lives.   It is hard to imagine a space in a different way, when the only reference we have …

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How to support strategic change in urban planning? | Placemakers’ Visual Stories #4

In this episode of the Placemakers’ Visual Stories, I was happy to interview Louise Heebøll, architect and today consultant in sustainable development at Vigør. We talked about the posture it takes to lead strategic change and participatory processes in urban planning. From the residents and users of the city to property developers, designers and municipalities, …

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How to make urban planning more inclusive

How to make urban planning more inclusive? | Placemakers’ Visual Stories #3

In this episode of the Placemakers’ Visual Stories, I had the pleasure to interview Bettina Werner, ethnographer and co-founder of COurban in Copenhagen. We talked about feminist urbanism and how we can be more inclusive in urban planning processes. Everyone should have the same opportunities and rights when it comes to making and enjoying the …

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How to create sustainable cities through community?

How to create sustainable cities through community? | Placemakers’ Visual Stories #2

In this second episode of the Placemakers’ Visual Stories, I had the pleasure to interview Jesper Koefoed-Melson. We talked about community planning in urbanism and how to build sustainable cities through culture and community. Jesper is the founder and director of Vida Local, a consultancy that provides strategic advice to municipalities and developers and helps …

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create sustainable cities through community

How to avoid social washing in placemaking | Placemakers’ Visual Stories #1

In Placemakers’ Visual Stories, I invite some of the most seasoned placemaking practitioners in Copenhagen to share their everyday experience with participation and citizen involvement in urban planning. From the who, to the what, how and why… they explore and clarify the art of making cities with people – and not only for them. For …

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