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Urban Planning and building designs in Scandinavia as strategic tools for Green Growth Societies

Today, Scandinavian architectural and engineering companies constitute an international skills cluster in terms of the development of sustainable communities. They create towns, cities and buildings that provide optimum performance as regards welfare and a modern life-style, as well as climate-stabilizing solutions for buildings and other facilities. Through strategic urban planning and building designs a city like Copenhagen, Denmark  has created swarms of cyclists, large recreational areas, a high share of renewable energy, clean water in the harbor, and a world class system of district heating and integrated public transportation. The urban design of the city invites people to walk and bicycle as much as possible (bicycling accounts for 37% of all commuting to and from work). The experience shows that investing in cycling lanes not only cuts CO2 emissions and improves citizens’ health and quality of life, but improves the bottom line of the city. Cleaning the water in the harbor not only improves the environment, but increases real estate values, local business life and tourism. Investing in an integrated public transport system not only reduces traffic congestion, but saves billions of dollars and keeps the city efficient and competitive. Homegrown energy not only produces electricity, but allows local businesses to become strong and competitive.

Research from October 2011 reveals that the green business sector in Copenhagen have experienced a 55 percent increase in turnover in five years, 12 percent annual growth rates in exports, and an increase in productivity four times higher than the average of the region.

Meet some of the successful architects behind the urban planning and building designs in Scandinavia.




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Welcome Address by Larry Ng, Group Director (Architecture & Urban Design Excellence), Urban Redevelopment Authority


Opening Address by Kent Martinussen, CEO, Danish Architecture Centre


Presentations by (not listed in order):
Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN
Mette Kynne Frandsen, Henning Larsen Architects
Jan Gehl, Gehl Architects
Dan Stubbergaard, COBE Architects
Jeppe Aagaard Andersen, Jeppe Aagaard Andersen Landscape Architects


Q&A moderated by Larry Ng


End of Public Forum


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For enquiries, please contact:
Ms Sharon Tan  T: 6329 3242, E: Sharon_HX_Tan@ura.gov.sg
Ms Aini Jalil  T: 6671 1013, E: Nur_Aini_Abdul_Jalil@ura.gov.sg


This forum is accredited 6 points under the BOA/SIA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme.


Kim Herforth Nielsen
Founder, principal, partner and Artistic Director at 3XN 

Kim Herforth Nielsen is the driving force in 3XN and is involved in all the major projects, including The Blue Planet and Ørestad College in Denmark, Museum of Liverpool, Kubus and the Danish Embassy in Berlin.
The vision back in 1986, when the company was founded, was to create architecture that affected people’s lives in a positive manner and to create buildings with focus on the user, without compromising aesthetic quality. The company’s social approach to architecture has stayed the same though the years: Architecture shapes behavior! The architects role is not just to create beautiful monuments, but equally important it is to create the framework which works towards a better environment and a greater enjoyment for those who will be using the building.

Mette Kynne Frandsen
Architect, CEO and partner at Henning Larsen Architects

Mette Kynne Frandsen has been part of the management team at Henning Larsen Architects since 1998 and was appointed CEO with responsibility for development, operation and finances in 2003. Today, Henning Larsen Architects is an international architecture company with strong Scandinavian roots and has subsidiaries in Saudi Arabia and Spain and offices in Munich and Beirut. The company is working on projects in approx. 20 countries and employs staff of more than 10 different nationalities.

The company’s goal is to create vibrant, sustainable buildings that reach beyond themselves and become of durable value to the user and to the society and culture that they are built into. The objective of sustainability is to create value ranging from soft, social values to location-determined, infrastructural, demographic and climatic values. This holistic approach creates increased value through sustainability. One of Henning Larsen Architects newest buildings Harpa, Reykjavik Concert Hall just won an award for the best public square in front of the building.

Jan Gehl
Professor, architect and founding partner of Gehl Architects

Jan Gehl is the founding partner of Gehl Architects – Urban Quality Consultants, and author of many books on city spaces. He is an honorary fellow of RIBA, AIA, RAIC, and PIA. Gehl Architects has city-improvement-projects in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Rotterdam, London, Amman, Muscat, Melbourne, Sydney, San Francisco, Seattle and New York. The company specializes in urban research and design consultancy and address global trends with a people-focussed approach, utilizing empirical analysis to understand how the built environment can promote human flourishing. The company apply this analysis to strategic planning and human-centered design to empower citizens, decision makers, company leaders, and organizations. The focus lies on the relationship between the built environment and people’s quality of life.

Dan Stubbergaard
Architect and founding partner of COBE Architects

Dan Stubbergaard founded COBE Architects in 2005 and is the creative driving force in the daily work at COBE’s Copenhagen office. He is involved in all phases of the studio’s projects - from sketching to design and project management. Alongside his architectural practice, Dan has been teaching at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and lectures internationally on COBE’s current projects.
COBE is an internationally operating office based in Copenhagen and Berlin. Since the beginning COBE has gained a reputation as an innovative company, by winning a number of high profile projects and prizes. Currently COBE is realizing projects, such as the Nørreport Train Station in the centre of Copenhagen, The ROCKmagnet, Denmark’s museum of rock music in Roskilde and consulting the City of Berlin for the IBA 2020.

COBE wants to contribute towards building more decent, equitable, beautiful and sustainable cities. The company seeks to develop specific, innovative solutions for each assignment, with competences that include the physical realization of architecture, strategic urban planning, landscape design and research.

Jeppe Aagaard Andersen
Landscape architect and founder of Jeppe Aagaard Andersen Landscape Architects

Aagaard Andersen trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1980 and has worked both as a landscape architect and as a free artist. He has been connected to the University of Western Australia and University of Birmingham, United Kingdom in a series of design workshops. Jeppe has been a vice president of the International Federation of Landscape Architects and chairman of the International Federation of Landscape Architects Central Region which encompassing Europe, Africa and Russia. In 2004 he received the prestigious Eckersberg Medal.

Jeppe Aagaard Andersen Landscape Architects bring expertise in seafront landscaping, urban design, parks and architecture. The company works on projects worldwide, recently constructing the Camperdown Public Domain, the vast public space at Sydney University Campus, Australia, Central Park Sydney and refurbishment of Hyde Park Sydney. Other worldwide projects include King Abdullah II Park in Amman, Jordan, construction of two sea baths in Malmö, Sweden, as well as a number of European squares, parks and promenades.

Have questions about URA Speakers Series: Scandinavian Tools for Green Growth? Contact Urban Redevelopment Authority & Architecture and Urban Design Excellence


The URA Centre, Function Hall, Level 5
45 Maxwell Road
Singapore 069118
Singapore, Singapore


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