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Empathy & Data - Data Bringing People Together

The Future of Urban Design (and Digital Tools)
Talks & Conversation
May 22 14:30 - 16:00

The list of new available technologies is long and ranges from virtual reality to the Internet of Things and machine learning. And with the wider use of smartphones with cameras and advanced 3D graphics and augmented reality, a number of new opportunities have arisen to support design processes, guidance, maintenance and facility management.

This symposium nurtures a strong desire to find and share beneficial, concrete solutions conceived in the intersection between space, technology and behaviour that can help make these concepts more tangible.


Henning Larsen Architects is an internationally recognised architectural firm based in Copenhagen. The company has existed since 1959 and has years of experience in creating sustainable solutions. At the symposium, Head of Sustainability and Partner Jakob Strømann-Andersen will talk about how they have used digital technology to create new tools to facilitate communication with new customers and business partners and about how digital data has helped to qualify the design of new public squares.

Lean Doody is Deputy Director and head of Smart Cities and Digital Design in Europe at Arup. Lean has over 20 years of experience working across the private and public sectors, and she has helped to incorporate and implement technology in projects worldwide.

Mette Ramsgaard is Professor of Architecture and Technology at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. She is the initiator of the Center for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) – an innovative research environment. CITA investigates and tests how digital technology can, in new ways, influence the spaces in which we move.

Martin Hallberg is one of Europe’s leading sound designers and has been awarded a Red Dot design award for sound design in relation to the physical environment. Martin works with the collection and transformation of sound that can change the physical space we move in.

Liisa Andersson is the COO at Urban Sharing (www.urbansharing.com) the technology startup powering city bike schemes in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Edinburgh. Having played a crucial role in turning Oslo City Bike into one of the world’s most efficient bike sharing schemes, and leading on the ongoing international expansion of Urban Sharing, Liisa has unrivalled insight into the current micro-mobility space, and the unique needs of cities in the Nordics and beyond.


Lean Doody
Ass. Director, Digital Property & Cities Leader, Arup
Martin Hallberg
Creative Sound Designer, ÅF
Zung Nguyen Vu
Strategy Lead, Arup Digital Studio
Liisa Andersson
COO, Urban Sharing
Jacob Kurec
Partner & Architect MAA, Henning Larsen
Mette Ramsgaard
Head of CITA, Professor of Architecture and Digital Technologies