European Urban Experience: Why Cities MatterSemester Course

Urban Studies
Week-Long Study Tour
Barcelona or Budapest-Vienna
Core Course Week Study Tour
Western Denmark or Northern Germany
Major Discipline(s)
Anthropology, Urban Design, Urban Studies
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

Cities are both creative and destructive friction machines, full of contradictory tensions, goals, and visions about what constitutes the good life. This course examines the driving forces of this friction within a European context, including social, economic, environmental, technical, cultural, historical, and spatial influences.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
History, Sociology


Hilde Finess Evensmo

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MSc Geography and Geoinformatics from Copenhagen University (2015). BA Development Studies, University of Bergen (2012), Norway. Cofounder and director at COurban design collective, working with research, public space analysis and citizen involvement. Hilde has worked as a project manager and consultant for several Norwegian municipalities wanting to co-create public life. With DIS since 2018.  

Bettina Werner

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. Applied Cultural Analysis, Copenhagen University (2016). BA (Political Philosophy), Uppsala University, Sweden, with a minor in Indigenous Studies from UNSW, Australia. Bettina is a native Swede living in Copenhagen. She is co-founder of COurban design collective and have previously worked with urban design firm CITITEK as a researcher and project manager. Projects include data collection, research, and co-creation of playgrounds and public space, interior spatial analysis of office environments, as well as educational seminars with both state and private clients. With DIS since 2016.

Regitze Hess

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Architect MAA, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen (1993). B.Eng. – Civil, McGill University, Montreal (1985). Currently Special Advisor with International Federation for Housing and Planning [IFHP], working with IFHP in various capacities since 2005. A long range of experience advocating for better cities and built environments through the world of philanthropy, non-profits, academia & private practice; as conference organizer; curator; publisher, editor & writer; teacher and critic. Positions of trust include Gehl Institute Board Member. With DIS since 2002.