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Why Urban Development Prevents Us from Living Sustainably


DAC Debate: Why Urban Development Prevents Us from Living Sustainably – and How We Can Change It

Friday 11th October 12:15-13:15

Format: Debate

The city’s design is making it difficult to live in a sustainable way. Every day good intentions and significant potential for sustainability is lost. How do we promote architecture and urban planning that releases sustainability rather than preventing it? And who’s job is it?

Urban development is booming. That is good – the city is key in the transition to sustainability. But in the rapid development of our cities, we tend to forget what made the city an attractive place in the first place and a base for sustainable living. Car traffic is, despite attempts of the opposite, still growing, urban spaces are challenged by increasingly taller buildings, and the urban spaces where we meet are sacrificed to increase profits from property development. We work at offices and live in apartments that do not really meet our needs, designed in ways that makes us spend unnecessary many resources – energy, space and goods.

The debate will offer perspectives on how we create a city that balances future and present needs. We will discuss the great solutions as well as the visions and solutions that failed – or will fail. We will investigate why they do so, and how to avoid it. The emphasis will be on urban development, it’s politics and processes.

As part of the event the Danish world renown artist Jeppe Hein and non-profit organization ART 2030 will present the interactive art project Breathe with Me inviting the panel and audience to participate in creating an artwork for the world by painting their own ‘breath’ to raise awareness that the air we breathe is part of our connected world and climate: from the necessity for access to pollution-free air and the need to have clean oceans to produce oxygen, to the importance of mindful breathing to our physical wellbeing.

Jeppe Hein and ART 2030 invite C40 mayors, as well as citizens across the globe, to extend the global project by rallying it to their respective cities after the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen as an act of solidarity for climate change, the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the 17 Global Goals.

The debate will attract an audience of 200 officials, politicians and professionals in urban development. It will be situated at the heart of BLOX.

This debate is a part of the C40-program and will be in English.

Read more about Breathe with Me here



Time 12:15-13:15 Organisation DANISH ARCHITECTURE CENTER
Location BLOX DAC-salen, Bryghusgade 10, 1473 København   Contact person Anne Katrine Harders, Senior Project Manager at DANISH ARCHITECTURE CENTER
Maximum number of participants 224 audience Registration Get tickets here