• Conference: New Demographics, New Housing Needs
  • Conference

Conference: New Demographics, New Housing Needs

Housing Needs and Changing Demographics in Scandinavia

In collaboration with IFHP & BLOXHUB


Cities are currently undergoing dramatic demographic changes that have a significant impact on urban society as well as housing demands. The different housing needs of household types vary tremendously according to the age, family structures and profile of the population. Many Europeans are currently searching for more flexible and affordable types of housing. In Scandinavia, society is faced with questions of how to satisfy the needs for welfare, health care and nursing for the growing number of seniors, depending on social services. At the same time, Danish Statistics is calculating with 37 different types of families, reflecting the break of the typical nuclear family. Today, Copenhagen is struggling to provide housing for the great number of newcomers and students each year, while the number of single households are high in demand, the diversity of citizens are increasing and rethinking of co-living is proliferating. All this makes us wonder how ready we indeed are to modify our housing typologies and envision new living constellations?

The conference aims to provide a platform to reflect and discuss current housing needs vs changing demographics in Scandinavia, Copenhagen and beyond, from different perspectives and with an intention of creating diverse and inclusive future housing typologies


09:00 – 09:30 Registration and Coffee

09:30 – 09:40 Welcome and intro at CAFx and Regitze Hess IFHP

PART ONE: Setting the Scene

09:40 – 10:10 Keynote Niklas Maak

“Cities Should Be Reflections of Their Inhabitants-Not Forces to Be Contended With”

The German architecture theoretician, writer and educator Niklas Maak is the author of the book Living Complex from Zombie City to the New Communal (2015) and Koolhaas co-curator of the Venice Biennale Fundamentals. Maak will address how housing typologically should be drastically re-thought according to how humans actually want to live today, rather than letting the ‘traditional’ expectations of home and the real estate market decide the forms of households.

10:10 – 10:30 Q & A with Niklas Maak

10:30 – 10:45 Peder Duelund Mortensen// KADK (TBC)

How do the new types of families and new resident needs affect architecture and how should design address these changes?

10:45 – 11:00 Tina Saaby // Copenhagen City Architect

Copenhagen’s Response to Demographic Changes

How is the capital coping with new demographic changes and living constellations? How are these changes influencing city policy making and how are city policies affecting Copenhagen’s old and new housing typologies?

11:00 -11: 15 Panel Discussion: Niklas Maak, Peder Duelund Mortensen and Tina Saaby

11:15 – 11:30 BREAK

11:30 – 11:50 Curt Liliegreen // The Knowledge Center for Housing Economics

Statistics and Economy in Relation to Demography and Housing

Presentation of the latest statistics and the socio-economic factors currently influencing the housing situation in Copenhagen and Denmark.

PART TWO: New Arrivals, New Typologies

11:50 – 12:00 ONV Architects

The Friendly Neighbors

Presentation of the concept, enabling private and public actors to unite and discuss potentials of integrating refugees into our society and neighborhoods, eg the current Almenbolig Plus on Frederiksberg mixing students and refugees.

12:00 – 12:15 René Boer // Urban Geographer from Non-fiction Collective and Failed Architecture Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Arrivals

Presentation about the Amsterdam Arrivals project, aiming to create a special social zone in Amsterdam. Through experimental policies and speculative design, a space of arrival is suggested as a way to stimulate interaction between the refugees, newcomers and the current inhabitants.

12:15  12:25 Panel Discussion with ONV Architects and René Boer

12:25 – 13:00 LUNCH

13:00 – 13:10 Short Film

Du Meine Concrete Utopia (2012-17)

Short film by the Austrian architect and photographer Zara Pfeifer from the social housing estate Alterlaa in Vienna with many social clubs and activities of the residents

PART THREE: Case Studies

13:10 – 13:20 AART Architects:

The House of Generations

Presentation of the affordable housing project in Aarhus, mixing children, elderly, disabled and students under the same roof.

13:20 – 13:30 Almenr Future Housing Communities: Louise Heebøl

CO-Housing 2.0

Presentation of Almenr’s vision of future co-housing, created with communities from participatory engagement to design solution as collective dreams becoming reality.

13:30 – 13:40 Vandkunsten

Danish Pioneers of Co-Housing

Presentation of senior co-housing at Diakonissestiftelsen, integrating community life and services in order to stimulate social exchange between generations.

13:40 – 13:50 Architect Alex Hummel Lee

Learning from Japan

Discussion of new experimental housing typologies in Japan radically rethinking co-housing and lessons from another cultural context.

13:50 – 14:30 Panel discussion and Q & A from the audience


14:30 – 16:00 Optional: Visit to Grønttorvet with an expert and visiting some of the apartments.

Price: Free

17:30 – 18:45 Optional: Film Bêka & Lemoines film Moriyama-San (2017) in Grand Theater introduced by Niklas Maak

Price: 90 kr.

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19:00 – 21:00 Optional: Dinner incl. Two courses and one glass of wine in Hotel Skt. Petri

Price: 295 kr.

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07.5.2018 x KL. 09:00
  • Conference: The Future of Affordable Housing in Scandinavia
  • Conference

Conference: The Future of Affordable Housing in Scandinavia

This one-day conference compares experiences and experiments from housing estates in Denmark, Norway and Sweden in a dynamic past, present and future perspective. Denne en-dagskonference sammenligner erfaringer og eksperimenter fra boligområder i Danmark, Norge og Sverige i et dynamisk fortids-, nutids- og fremtidsperspektiv.

With a common history as (social democratic) post-war welfare states becoming more heterogeneous societies, as cities experience segregation and influx with subsequent housing shortage, the three Scandinavian countries are both similar and different in their way of planning and rethinking public housing estates.

Sweden’s ‘Million Programme’ (1965-74) was built in a bigger scale than post-war housing estates projects in Denmark and Norway and today, Swedish satellite cities are even more segregated than in the neighbouring countries. Norway has a system of owner-occupied dwellings rather than rental housing, while Denmark has the unique model of ‘almene boliger’ with its resident democracy and tradition of good housing for everyone.

First, Nordic experts of different disciplines will discuss how post-war housing estates were designed as avant-garde welfare architecture and ‘social engineering’, physically framing the residents everyday life from cradle to grave. How were these ideal neighbourhoods planned, what went well and what failed, what can we learn from these past experiences, how have different inhabitants affected the planned environments, etc.?

Then, we will discuss experiences with renovation and other efforts, rethinking the existing housing estates from the post-war period in relation to new ideals, values, demographics and needs. Lastly, we will look at new designs and concepts of affordable housing, considering new needs of housing with a different mix of residents and new family patterns including experiments with co-living, sharing facilities, etc.

The conference is created in collaboration with BL Danmarks Almene Boliger and Nordiske Boligorganisationer


08.30 – 09.00 Check in and coffee/tea and croissants.


09.00 – 10.15

09.00 – 09.30 Introduction by CAFx and moderator Jesper Pagh // Architect

09.30 – 10.00 Bent Madsen // director BL on Affordable Housing in the Nordic countries

The historical background in Denmark and the political-economical situation of today.

10.00-10.15 Questions and discussion with Bent Madsen and Jesper Pagh.

10.15-10.30 Break


10.30 – 12.05

10.30 – 10.45 Claus Bech-Danielsen // SBI on ‘Almene Boliger’

A Focal Point for the Development of Danish Architecture

10.45 – 11.00 Ellen Braae // KU

Welfare Landscapes and Commons

11.00 – 11.15 Heidi Svenningsen // KADK Film screening

Fragile Potentials in the Big Masterplans

11.15 – 11.30 Sidse Martens Gudmand-Høyer // AA

Affordable Housing, Architectonic Quality and Welfare History.

11.30 – 11.45 Kjeld Vindum // KADK

Challenges and Possible Answers of Affordable Housing.

11.45 – 12.05 Discussion with the presenters and questions from the public.

12.05 – 12.35 Lunch


12.35 – 13.35

12.35 – 12.50 NN // Brabrand Housing Association on

Gellerup’s Masterplan (DK)

12.50 – 13.05 Per-Øystein Lund // Oslo Municipality project leader of Groruddalssatsningen (NO)

Groruddalen in Oslo

13.05 – 13.20 Tor Lindstrand // KTH

Fitja in Stockholm (SE)

13.20 – 13.40 Discussion with the presenters and questions from the public.

13.40 – 13.55 Break


13.55 – 15.05

13.55 – 14.10 Arild Eriksen // Eriksen Skajaa Arkitekter

Experiments with affordable and sharing housing in Oslo (NO)

14.10 – 14.20 Michael Soja Høxbroe // Urbania

The co-housing project Urbania, (DK)

14.20 – 14.30 Søren Rasmussen // ONV Arkitekter on Almene Boliger plus v. (DK).

14.30 – 14.45 Emily Fahlén // curator (SE)

Tensta Konsthall in Tensta, Stockholm

14.45 – 15.05 Discussion with the presenters and questions from the public.

15.05 – 15.20 Coffee/tea



15.20 – 15.50 International keynote Keiran Long, director ArkDes in Stockholm (SE/UK).

Lessons of Affordable Housing from Scandinavian Satellites to British New Towns. Former head of design, architecture and digital at V&A in London, co-curator of the David Chipperfield Venice Biennale 2012, former editor of Architectural Review and the Architects’ Journal.

15.50 – 16.20 Panel discussion and Q+A with participation of members of NBO (TBC)


Post-Conference Film Screening

17.15 Screening of Paul Sng’s film Dispossession – The Great Social Housing Swindle (2017) in Grand Teatret with introduction by Keiran Long (TBC) and Jesper Pagh.

Price: Kr. 90.

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Post-Conference Dinner

Kl. 19.15 – 21.00 Two course dinner and one glass of wine the restaurant of Hotel Skt. Petri

Price: kr. 295

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14.5.2018 x KL. 08:30
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