Strategies for Urban LivabilitySummer Course

Major Discipline(s)
Public Policy, Urban Design, Urban Studies
Location: Copenhagen
Session 1

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


Regitze Hess

DIS Summer 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.

Bettina Werner

DIS Summer Faculty

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