“We are facing enormous challenges both environmentally and economically, and I truly believe that a greener economy with more focus on resource efficiency, effective solutions for handling climate change, and an overall focus on sustainability is the way forward. It is clear that our cities will be incredibly important in implementing green economy in our everyday lives. If we are to achieve the best results, we have to share our best practices and experiences with other pioneers in sustainable city development. This forum will allow us to get valuable input to our continued work with creating more sustainability in our cities.”
Ida Auken, Minister of Environment, Denmark
“We are welcoming the first Urban Futures Forum into our Copenhagen offices. Sustainability has become a global agenda and a city like Copenhagen has3 a long standing pole position in what we like to term “hedonistic sustainability”: creating a city that combines progressive environmental initiatives with a persistent focus on improving the conditions for human life in the city.”
Bjarke Ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
“Copenhagen is recognised internationally as the capital of sustainable cities. Futureperfect’s goal is to create impactful conversations on sustainability – with a base in architecture, urbanism, and accountable technology – that have high value content, in innovative and engaging formats. I am delighted to be able to support Ida Auken and Danish policy makers and professionals, to advance the debate on urban futures.”

COPENHAGEN URBAN FUTURES FORUM

CPH URBAN FUTURES FORUM DRAFT INPUT PACK InD v2.3 smallThe Copenhagen Urban Futures Forum was an informal, high-level roundtable on new options for sustainable urban living, which was held October 7, 2013 for c.40 invited guests in Copenhagen. The event was a consultation initiative of the Danish Ministry of the Environment (MIM) in collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Resource Vision sustainable architects, and the Futureperfect Association (Sweden).

It was hosted by Ida Auken DK Minister for Environment, Bjarke Ingels Founding Partner BIG, and led by John Manoochehri, Director Resource Vision, in collaboration with Futureperfect Association, at BIG Copenhagen offices. It was shaped and led by John Manoochehri, architect with Resource Vision and founder of the Futureperfect Association, based in Sweden, who previously wrote the policy on sustainable lifestyles of the UN Environment Program.

Leaders in architecture from across Europe, including Bjarke Ingels, Jan Gehl, Reinier de Graaf (OMA), Jolyon Brewis (Grimshaw), and more, joined with the CEOs and leaders from construction, science, technology, and finance, including NCC, Arup, the Climate Group, and Danish leaders in business and science, to take new steps towards a framework for urban futures. The U.S. Embassy to Denmark supported the participation of Bimal Medis, and Joyce Hsiang of Yale School of Architecture.

The Forum was a one-day discussion, in a highly interactive format, seeking to reach actionable recommendations in six priority themes:

liveability and urban form
resource efficiency and infrastructure
climate adaptation

business/trade & investment
governance/partnerships & investment
‘asset-light’ living (such as car-sharing services)

The output from the meeting was primarily a Perspectives Paper agreed by the participants. The Ministry of Environment intends to use these outcomes ongoing work to update the planning system for sustainability. For more information on the Forum’s themes and outputs, see this page.

On Sunday 6 October, there was a social networking reception, and dinner held in honour of the participants, hosted by the Danish Architecture Centre, and the Antonia Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Sustainable Development.