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DIS Copenhagen, Academic Seminar Night, Cities For People

DIS Seminar Night – Cities for People: New Innovations in the People-First Approach


April 24
17:30 - 19:00


Fiolstræde 44
Copenhagen, 1171 Denmark

Jeff Risom, CIO: Chief Innovation Officer of Gehl Architects and former DIS student and faculty will offer insight into the Gehl approach to public life and public space. Jeff shares how the Gehl practice is evolving and fostering public life as a strategy, practice, and movement, including elaborating on Public Life Protocol, a groundbreaking tool for delivery of human-scale “cities for people.” He will also present key cases that best illustrate Gehl’s methodology for understanding human behavior in cities, and address the biggest challenges facing urban environments today.

Regitze Marianne Hess, DIS Lecturer and Gehl Institute Board member, will moderate and contribute to a dialogue on public life and public space as key ingredients to the social sustainability of cities and communities and how this contributes to the implementation of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda.

This DIS Seminar Night is in collaboration with Gehl Architects & Gehl Institute, open to DIS students, and part of the curriculum for the DIS Urban Studies Program. A limited number of seats are available for other interested parties.

DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia is a non-profit study abroad programme for undergraduate students from a vast array of distinguished North American colleges and universities. The teachings of Jan Gehl and the Gehl practice have been a distinct part of the DIS curriculum for both the Architecture and Urban Studies Programs throughout the years. Issues of sustainability are core to various DIS programmes, as well.


Keynote: Jeff Risom, CIO: Chief Innovation Officer, Gehl 

Moderator: Regitze Marianne Hess, DIS Associate Professor & Gehl Institute Board Member