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The Liveable City - London 2017


For many years, Denmark has been at the forefront in developing technologically innovative and environmentally sound solutions to contemporary problems in cityscapes, but how to tell that story to the world?

One of the answers is the Liveable City conference – hosted by the Danish Embassy in London – which focuses on promoting the solutions of Danish businesses in a make-up that enables the discussion on how to make our cities healthier and more liveable for all.

More than 1000 people signed up for the 9 seminars and a welcome reception under the headline Hygge and Architecture. In total, 51 highly influential speakers and chairs at the forefront of their areas of expertise presented during the 4-day conference that ran from 13-16 June. They turned the Liveable City conference into a highly inspirational event for all with an interest in creating sustainable and thriving communities.

The Liveable City conference is organised in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects and forms part of the programme for the London Festival of Architecture.

See the presentations from the Liveable City seminars below:

Tuesday, 13 June:

Masterplanning – Putting People First
Presentations by:

Ian Lindsay, Land and Propery Director, Crossrail

Tina Saaby, Chief City Architect, Municipality of Copenhagen

Kim Herforth Nielsen, Principal Senior Partner and Creative Director, 3XN


Roger Madelin, Head of Canada Water Development, British Land


Deirdra Armsby, Director of Regeneration and Planning, London Borough of Newham

Tuesday, 13 June:

Improving Social Housing

Presentations by:

Tina Saaby, Chief City Architect, Municipality of Copenhagen


Steve Coleman, Director of Development and Investment, Lewisham Homes

Geoff Pearce, Executive Director, Swan Housing Association


Martin Feakes, Market Director for Buildings, Ramboll

Paul Watling, Scrutiny Manager for Planning, London Assembly


Wednesday, 14 June:

Air quality – Creating a Healthier City
Presentations by:


Dr. Gary Fuller, Senior Lecturer, Environmental Research Group, King's College London


Sara Røpke, Head of Department, The Danish Environmental Protection Agencyz


Elliot Treharne, Air Quality Manager, Greater London Authority 


Gyorgyi Galik, Design Researcher, Future Cities Catapult 


Ned Johnson, Principal Officer Pollution, London Borough of Enfield

Vinay Venkatraman, CEO Leapcraft


Jakob Strømannn-Andersen, Partner, Henning Larsens Architects

Wednesday, 14 June:

Smart City – Efficiency Through Big Data and Supporting Technologies

Presentations by:

Andrew Collinge, Assistant Director, Greater London Authority

Teddy Larsen


Trine B. Stoltenborg, Smart City Consultant, Skanderborg Supply Company & Søren H. Knudsern, Country Manager UK, Kamstrup


Jim Short, Technology Sales Manager, Smart Parking & Kieran Fitsall, Head of Service Improvement & Transformation, Westminster City Council


Léan Doody, Associate Director, Arup

Wednesday, 14 June:
Cycling and mobility – Creating Cities in Motion

Presentations by:


Gustav Friis, Project Manager, Smart Mobility, Municipality of Aarhus


Dr. Will Norman, Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Greater London Authority


Ole Kassow, Founder and CEO, Cycling Without Age

Robin Snell, Architect and Co-Founder & Simon Harker, Architect, Robin Snell and Partners


Thursday, 15 June:

Climate Adaptation – Creating Flood Resilient Urban Areas

Presentations by:

Andrew Eden, Senior Flood and Coastal Risk Management Advisor, Environment Agency


Simon Toft Ingvertsen, Project Leader, EnviDan

Thomas Mølhave, CTO and Co-Founder, Scalgo


John Kissi, Flood Risk Manager, Southwark Council

Bodil V. Henningsen, City Architect, Municipality of Aalborg


Nick Ayling, Senior Water Manager, Thames Water


Thursday, 15 June:
Education and Liveability – Creating the Best Learning Environment
Presentations by:

Ann Bodkin, Head of Design and Specification, Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

Nick Hopper, Technial Director, Monodraught


Jacob Kurek, Partner, Henning Larsen Architects


Nick Mirchandani, Director, Architecture PLB

Michael Coleman, Strategic Head of Education Property, London Borough of Hackney


Tom Taylor, Senior Engineer, Steensen Varming

Friday, 16 June:
Waste Heat - The Hidden Energy Source for City Heat Networks
Presentations by:


Ian Manders, UK Policy Advisor Energy and Energy Efficiency, The Royal
Danish Embassy


Guy Boulby, Head of Heat Networks Policy and HNIP Pilot, Department for Energy and Climate Change


Nicholas Boot-Handford, Senior Project Manager (Cooling), Transport for

Peter North, Senior Manager (Programme Delivery, Sustainable Energy), Greater
London Authority

Graeme Maidment, Professor (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning), London South
Bank University


David Reid, Business Development Manager, Scottish Development International


Crispin Matson, UK Head of Energy, Ramboll