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, everyone has various needs and challenges. It is essential to connect the dots, Louise says!

Shortly after she graduated as an architect, Louise realized that the nice buildings she was designing were lacking something important: people. Her focus switched from objects to processes, as she became more and more interested in participatory processes. For many years, she led placemaking projects in Copenhagen, helping local communities transform public spaces in the city. By doing so, she realized the gap between the users of the city and the decision makers, whose needs and challenges are very different. Now, Louise is passionate about connecting the dots between these various stakeholders in order to find solutions that truly benefit everyone.

In this interview we talked about:

  • Louise’s journey from being an architect to leading strategic change for municipalities and companies in the building industry
  • How a good collaborative process can benefit both the decision makers and the users of the city
  • Concrete ways to support strategic change in municipalities and companies in the building sector

Discover more about Louise:

Louise Heebøll Placemakers Visual Stories

Sketchnoting to highlight the work of placemaking professionals

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.

Placemakers have a special drive for making a difference in the way we make cities, through their everyday practice. With these visual interviews, I want to make their inspiring work more visible and understandable, because I believe it matters!

And I do that through visual note-taking – because if you don’t know it already, the Urban Mycelium’s mission is to use illustration as a tool to bring more attention to participatory urbanism. I scribe the answers of my guests in real time, as they speak. For each episode, the end result is a visual sketch note that maps out the key points of our conversation.

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Mathilde Riou

Mathilde is an urbanist and facilitator dedicated to change the way we make cities. She created The Urban Mycelium blog with the aim of revealing the invisible human dynamics that help the city grow better.

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