HelsingborgNordic Edge Expo

Thoughtful communities – the making of a smarter city for the citizens, by the citizens!

Community building is about creating a sense of belonging and togetherness. And in developing smart cities, thoughtful communities need to reflect the ambitions we have as a society. How can we challenge the norms for how we design and build so that values like equality and inclusion become building blocks in our cities? How can we use urban design to promote health and prevent illness? And how can we use play initiatives in ensuring the wellbeing of future generations? Inclusive innovation means exploring together what the city can be for us.

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Annelie Mårtensson is an architect at Boverket who works with strategic city planning. A former landscape architect, Annelie is now engaged in smart city projects that explore how to create sustainable environments where people’s needs come first. Perfection for Annelie is green public spaces that stimulate and inspire connection and relaxation.

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Olov Schultz works as an architect at Boverket and is responsible for the coordination of the international secretariat. Having worked as project manager in several government initiatives within urban planning, Olov envisions a future with more cultural environments. For him, beautiful and varied architecture doesn’t have to come at a high price.

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Mikael Sjögren works with global communications at Ingka Group (formerly IKEA Group) and leads the exciting work with the Real Play Coalition, a global non-profit coalition with UNICEF, LEGO, National Geographic, and IKEA. With a background in brand management, Mikael collaborates in several projects that explore how to build child-friendly cities.

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Moa Sundberg is an urban designer working with safety in public spaces through placemaking, play, and art. Moa is always chasing after those never-thought-of solutions in order to reshape the urban landscape of her hometown Helsingborg.

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Vesna Vasiljkovic is an architect and Studio Director at Tengbom Helsingborg. Vesna’s mission in life is to transform urban planning from a top-down to a bottom-up process. As a generalist, she is driven to find different ways of uniting disciplines and making change happen.

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Martin Hadmyr, Head of Landscape Architecture and H22 Architect, is responsible for designing and developing Helsingborg’s public space. His goal is to create exciting and beautiful urban spaces that improve quality of life for all the city’s people. Martin is driven to look beyond the obvious to ensure inclusive and sustainable social development.

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