Conference: New Demographics, New Housing Needs


Monday 07/5 2018
Kl. 09:00 BLOXHUB

Fæstningens Materialgård Bygning A Frederiksholms Kanal 30

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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 (DE)

10:30 – 10:45 Peder Duelund Mortensen// KADK

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 (NL) // Non-fiction/Failed Architecture NL.

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 – 14:00 Anastassia Smirnova (RS / NL), Strelka Institute and partner in the Rotterdam-based office Svesmi: Collective Living.

14:00 – 14:30 Closing discussion + 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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