Strategies for Urban LivabilitySemester Course

Strategies for Urban Livability, Semester Course
Major Discipline(s)
Sociology, Urban Design, Urban Studies
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

This is an interdisciplinary course, which alternates between scales of public space and street design to urban policy and planning. It aims to equip you with a foundation of critical thinking and engagement in the creation of livable cities. Using Copenhagen as a laboratory, we explore urban livability through three lenses: theory, practice, and implementation. We look at what shapes our parameters for well-being, and the spatial and policy mechanisms for fostering urban livability.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Public Health


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.