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The Liveable City - Birmingham 2017



Seminars on masterplanning, smart city, district heating, transport and trust made up the 6th Liveable City conference that centred on the growth of the West Midlands.

Denmark is well known for developing technologically innovative and environmentally sound solutions to contemporary problems in cityscapes. With the Liveable City conference, we are able to share this knowledge through a range of seminars that furthers the dialogue on how to make our cities healthier and more liveable for all.

Almost 400 people signed up for the five seminars during the conference as well as a reception at Ramboll’s new office in Birmingham. In total, 36 speakers and chairs at the forefront of their areas of expertise presented during the 2-day conference. They turned this edition of the Liveable City conference into an inspirational event for all with an interest in creating sustainable and thriving communities.

The seminars all centred on liveability, but had a very broad scope, e.g the seminar Masterplanning and Housing discussed what to focus on in terms of policies, economic solutions and investments in order to put people first in city development. The conference also included seminars on district heating and the Danish energy model as well as how trust is foundational for Denmark, also in its architecture. Finally, there were seminars on how smart cities can improve our lives on a major scale, and how to make transport both healthier and easier for residents.

In all seminars, Danish companies – among others Ramboll, Mutopia, CF Møller, Urban Power, Danfoss, and The Alexandra Institute – presented tangible solutions to contemporary problems in cityscapes. Representatives from Aarhus and Copenhagen municipality were also present as well as representatives from Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Combined Authority, and they all helped to further the discussion and strengthen its outcome. They made the conference a very fruitful public-private dialogue in the context of British-Danish cooperation.

Please, see our short video from the conference:




Below you will find an overview of all speakers and chairs at the seminars, along with their presentations for personal use:

MASTERPLANNING AND HOUSING - PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST

Chair:
Paul Edwards, Head of Strategy, The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership

Speakers:
Glenn Howells, Director, Glenn Howells Architects

Stephen Willacy, Chief City Architect, Aarhus City Council

Rebecca McDonald, Analyst, Centre for Cities


Robert Groves, Regional Director, Argent

Martin Feakes, Market Director, Ramboll

Arne Cermak Nielsen, Architect and Partner, Urban Power

DISTRICT HEATING - DELIVERING AFFORDABLE HEAT

Chair:
Ian Manders, UK Policy Advisor, The Royal Danish Embassy in the UK

Speakers:
Kevin le Doujet, Heat Networks Policy Officer, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Melanie Biddle, Business Development Manager, ENGIE Urban Energy

Ellie Horwitch-Smith, Strategic Project Manager, on befalf of Birmingham City Council

Crispin Matson, Director for Energy, Ramboll

Martyn Neil, Commercial Product Sales Manager, Danfoss

James Grainger, Head of Heat Sales, Ista UK

Joel Cardinal, Head of Energy & Sustainability, University of Warwick


TRUST IN ARCHITECTURE - THE BEDROCK OF LIVEABILITY

Chair:
Stephen Willacy, Chief City Architect, Aarhus City Council

Speakers:
Lone Wiggers & Rolf Nielsen, Partners & Architects, CF Møller

Arne Cermak Nielsen, Architect and Partner, Urban Power

SMART CITY - EFFICIENCY THROUGH BIG DATA

Chair:
Chris Rogers, Professor, Birmingham University

Speakers:
Raj Mack, Head of Digital Birmingham, Digital Birmingham

Klaus Bundgaard, Energy expert, City of Copenhagen

Ann Gordon, Project Director, Ramboll

Kasper Nørlund, Senior Designer, The Alexandra Institute

Elaine Trimble, Director Urban Infrastructure, Siemens

Hugo Russell, Serendip Programme Manager, Innovation Birmingham

Bojana Jankovic-Nisic, Associate Technical Director and David Threlfall, Senior Technical Director, Arcadis

TRANSPORT AND CONNECTIVITY - CITIES IN MOTION

Chair:
Alan Pauling, Senior Market Director - Transport, Ramboll

Speakers:
David Harris, Transport Project Leader, Birmingham City Council

Jonathan Turner, Partner, Cushman & Wakefield

Susanne Krawack, Mobility Manager at Center for Urban Development and Mobility, Aarhus City Council

Adam Harrison, Principal Policy & Strategy Officer, Transport for West Midlands

Serban Cornea, Partner & Architect, Mutopia

Peter Siemensma, Senior Transport Planner, Arcadis

Søren Hansen, Project Director, Ramboll