At the beginning of December the Danish Building Research Institute and DIVERCITIES invited all Danish housing researchers to the Housing Research Seminar. The overall theme was diversity in urban areas, in the suburbs and in rural areas.
The Housing Research Seminar (Boligforskerseminaret) has been held by the institute for several years. This year it was organised by the DIVERCITIES Copenhagen team and three colleagues from the institute: Marie Stender, Mette Mechlenborg and Claus Bech Danielsen.
The conference was introduced by Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen (Danish Building Research Institute), who presented on the theme of diversity based on findings from the DIVERCITIES project. It provided an interesting lead-in to the first keynote address and the two following parallel paper sessions.
DIVERCITIES colleague Professor Christine Lelévrier (Paris Institute of Urban planning) gave a keynote on diversity in urban areas, an interesting presentation concerning social mix and the role of social housing.
The keynote on Diversity in the Suburbs was a panel moderated by Mette Mechlenborg (Danish Building Research Institute). The panel consisted of Professor Claus Bech Danielsen (Danish Building Research Institute), Professor Jens Kvorning (KADK) and Architect Heidi Hjort Thuesen (Arkitema Architects). The panel discussed the new diversity in the suburbs and the role and shape of a new generation of suburban housing.
Diversity in Rural Areas was a keynote session delivered by Post doc. Birgitte Romme Larsen (AMIS, KU) and Anthropologist Zachery Whyte, (GRS, AAU). Their presentation was a fascinating take on new rural diversity brought about by an influx of refugees and the role of reception centres in small communities.
All in all we were 40 at the conference.
Image from left to right: Mette Mechlenborg (Danish Building Research Institute), Heidi Hjort Thuesen (Arkitema Architects), Claus Bech Danielsen (Danish Building Research Institute), Jens Kvorning (KADK). Photo by Vigdis Blach.