Why are Nordic cities internationally acclaimed for their high living standards and what does design have to do with it?
In the Nordics, we make use of design and technology to build better, more liveable and connected cities. The panel will explore how urban development should be driven by both a profound understanding of how people move through the city and live in it as well as new technology. In addition, the panellists will also discuss how to view the city as a design opportunity from A to Z.
- Mette Søs Lassesen (DK), Market Director, Synergies and Liveable Cities, Ramboll
- Kristine Virén (DK): Head of Communication, BOLIUS
- Alex Liebert (SE), Partner, Business Development at Usify
- Nard Schreurs (NO), Director, IKT-Norge and eHelse
- Tor Hjemdal (NO), CEO, DoGA
Moderator: Runa Sabroe (DK), Programme Director, Danish Design Centre
About the speakers:
Mette S. Lassesen is responsible for Market Development in North America on behalf of the Ramboll Group with a particular focus on Planning and Urban Design/ Livable Cities. Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, Ramboll is an international engineering and design consultancy and provider of management consulting services to both the public and the private sectors. With 13.000 employees in offices across the World, Ramboll works across the markets: Buildings, Transport, Planning and Urban Design, Water, Environment and Health, Oil and Gas, Energy and Management Consulting.
Alex Liebert is a passionate leader, change agent, strategic designer and educator. He works as Partner, Business Development at Usify and leads the Örebro business. Customers reach from traditional industry over real estate companies, public sector to science parks. As former global design leader at Atlas Copco, Alex has developed and directed its Industrial Design Competence Center and was instrumental in building its design culture. Alex serves as Chairman of the Board at SVID, the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation and teaches strategic design and design thinking at numerous universities in Sweden.
Kristine Virén is an architect and CCO (Chief Content Officer) at the Danish Knowledge centre for Homeowners working with our present and future for housing and living culture and how to provide content through old and new media. She is also a co-host at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.
Nard Schreurs is director of ehealth and smart tech in the Norwegian vendor association IKT-Norge, based in Oslo. He has been a long-term journalist in Computerworld and has the last decade worked with healthcare and smart society. He is Head of Conference for the EHiN.
Tor Inge Hjemdal is an architect, currently CEO at Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA) and holds positions on several boards. Tor Inge has experience in curating, moderating, lecturing, teaching and being a critique nationally and internationally and has received several grants and scholarships. In both 2010 and 2012, he was invited to participate in the Venice Biennale. He has an experience as a project manager of large-scale projects and is a winner of international architectural competitions.
Runa Sabroe is programme director at the Danish Design Centre. She heads and develops projects and programmes on the DDC’s strategic platform Design Cities. She works in the intersection of design research, public and private innovation and strategic change management. Runa holds an MA in media studies and is the author of numerous articles on service design and design as a tool for innovation.