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What would climate-neutral cities look like if artists and architects were in charge?

How do we create climate-neutral cities and communities that are inclusive, resilient, sustainable and beautiful? In their journeys towards climate-neutrality, many cities are engaging artistic, cultural and creative sectors to boost the transition. Together, they are harnessing the value of inclusiveness, quality and sustainability and ensuring that no one, and no place, gets left behind.

In this session, Nordic organisations present their hands-on work, challenges and opportunities for cooperation.

“The coloured path to a new tomorrow on the South side of Aalesune”, presented by Kirsti L. Slotsvik.

HEU NUP receives funding from the Research Council of Norway, project number 310824.


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Florian Schneider is a filmmaker, writer, and curator. His work is investigating the border crossings between mainstream and independent media, art theory and open source technology, documentary practices and unconventional forms of curating. Educated as a documentary filmmaker and working for the German-French TV station ‘arte’, he has focused on rethinking documentary practices across disciplines. Since 1993 he has pioneered a wide range of projects — most prominently Dictionary of War (2006-2010). One focus of his research is to reflect critically on the relationships between art and activism, aesthetics and politics.

In 2006 he launched the artistic research project ‘Imaginary property’ which investigates a propertization of images and the increasingly imaginary character of property in the age of digital production and networked distribution. In 2013 he has been appointed at NTNU as a Professor for art theory and documentary practices. Schneider has exhibited and lectured worldwide. In August 2014 he has been appointed as Head of the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art in the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Since 2019 he is Chair of the COST Action CA 18136 “European Forum for Advanced Practices”. He is one of the three leaders of ARTEC, NTNU’s multi-faculty task force on art and technology.

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Annemie Wyckmans is co-Director of the Gemini Centre on Climate-Neutral and Socially Innovative Cities at NTNU/SINTEF. Her main goal is to promote this topic through research, innovation and education. She leads several innovation projects with public and private sector in Norway and Europe.

Amongst others, she is Project Coordinator of the smart city lighthouse project +CityxChange, programme coordinator of the EERA Joint Programme on Smart Cities, leader of the Horizon Europe Norwegian Urban Partnership and of the URBAN-NORWAY-CHINA Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanization.

The projects developed by Annemie and her team, are based on the principles “Experts in Team”: out of the lab, into the city, with experimentation and quadruple helix cooperation. All current projects include open urban innovation, together with cities and industry stakeholders, and including citizen engagement. 

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Eeva Astala is Archinfo Finland’s social advocacy expert. Astala has solid experience in the fields of architecture policy, architectural education and civic activism. At Archinfo she focuses on projects that strengthen the position and importance of architecture in society, such as promoting the architectural policy programs. 

Archinfo Finland is a collaboration and intermediary organisation in the field of architecture. Its objective is to make Finnish architecture visible and known worldwide and to increase the social impact of architecture. Archinfo Finland is one of the eight information centres for art supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland. Promoting architecture education is one of Archinfo Finland’s missions.

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Kirsti has a master’s in landscape architecture from NMBU. (NLH 1988) She has most of her professional experience from leadership in transport and maritime administrations, serving as a local director of the Road administration before being assigned director general of the Coastal administration and the Railway directorates for many years. She is now back in her hometown transforming a former harbor area into a new central and modern area in the center of Aalesund, famous for its art nouveau architecture. Inclusion of social and environmental knowledge and sustainability into the development of the area is vital for its future success. Working with children, artists, architects as well as local politicians is both desirable and necessary to reach the high goals set for the project.

Presenting ‘The coloured path to a new tomorrow on the South side of Aalesund’.

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