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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.

12:00 Welcome, introduction to the session (NTNU)

12:10 Nordic Perspectives to New European Bauhaus (Eeva Astala, Archinfo Finland)

12:30 The Danish approach to the New European Bauhaus (Christina Melander, Dansk Design Center)

12:50 The Nordic roadmap on smart sustainable cities and communities, inspired by NEB (Malin Kock Hansen, DOGA)

13:10 The coloured path to a new tomorrow on the South side of Ålesund (Kirsti Slotsvik, Sørsida utvikling AS, Ålesund)

13:30 Panel dialogue: How can NEB accelerate the Nordic transition to climate-neutral, sustainable, resilient, beautiful, inclusive and accessible cities and communities? (Speakers from NTNU)

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 the coordinator of CrAFt (Creating Actionable Futures, 2022-2025, HEU-funded), +CityxChange (2018-2023, H2020-funded) and the Joint Programme on Smart Cities of the European Energy Research Alliance. As Professor at NTNU, she is committed to making the transition to climate-neutrality irresistible – with cities and citizens.

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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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Christina has worked in the intersection of strategic design, business development, and innovation for more than 20 years and has developed programs and projects in the design field as well as across industries, advised at policy level, and implemented strategy and policy.

Christina holds an MSc in Design and Communication Management from the Copenhagen Business School specialized in strategic design in SMEs.

During the last two decades, Christina has built up a huge network, both nationally and internationally, including positive and strong relationships in the Danish design industry, where she works hard to explore new opportunities and add value to the field. She is the creator of the Design Ladder and the DIN-model, a guide for design driven innovation.

In recent years, Christina has been the initiator of “Design Delivers”, the only study in Denmark that maps businesses use of design, and the Nordic Design Resource study, a new approach to map the design profession in a more accurate way. Together with the Danish Design Council, the Design Museum and the Royal Danish Museum and the Royal Danish Academy she has played a central role in the development of the Danish design DNA.

She is Head of the Danish Design Award and has led the relaunch of the award into an effect award, celebrating the difference design makes. She also heads Design Forum, which is a coordination body for all design actors in the Danish design ecosystem.

Currently she is working at the core of the team that develops a Danish led proposal for one of the
five New European Bauhaus’s. She is lead on the co-design process making sure that the entire build environment ecosystem, including designers, architects, artists, education and research, businesses etc, are involved in the design and development of a shared mission of how to accelerate the green transition.

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