Federation for
Housing and

New demographics, new housing needs?

Monday 07.05.2018
Event Room, Fæstningens Materialgård, Frederiksholms Kanal 30, 1220 Copenhagen.

The nuclear family is breaking apart. The population is growing older. Rural areas are abandoned. Cities are growing, and young people flock to the capitals. Demographics are changing in the Nordic region – as in the rest of the world.
The demographic changes place new demands on housing and the welfare system. Cities need to accommodate the needs of a growing number of elderly, singles, divorced, students and migrants while remaining economically and environmentally sustainable.
How can we create adequate and affordable housing for all in the cities? Can new forms of co-living help remedy loneliness amongst elderly and students? Can mixed ownership forms create more inclusive neighbourhoods? Or does the future call for something completely different? 
In collaboration with IFHP, the Copenhagen Architecture Festival will address these questions in a seminar drawing on a broad range of perspectives from sociology, anthropology, architecture and local grass root organisations. The seminar will take place on Monday 7 may from 9am - 5 pm at BLOXHUB. 
The event is a full day seminar with top-end international and Danish keynote speakers. Through a combination of lectures, presentations of case-studies, a panel debate, a film screening and an optional site visit to the new green residential neighbourhood “Grønttorvet” in Valby, it is the aim to present a comprehensive picture of the many complex problematics and opportunities resulting from the demographic changes.


09:00 - 09:30 Registration and Coffee
09:30 - 09:40 Welcome and intro by 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”
10:10 – 10:30 Q&A with Niklas Maak
10:30 – 10:45 Peder Duelund Mortensen // KADK (TBC)
10:45 – 11:00 Tina Saaby // Copenhagen City Architect: Copenhagen’s Response to Demographic Changes
11:00 –11:15 Panel Discussion: Niklas Maak, Peder Duelund Mortensen og Tina Saaby
11:15 – 11:30 BREAK
11:30 – 11:50 Curt Liliegreen // The Knowledge Centre for Housing Economics: Statistics and Economy in Relation to Demography and Housing
PART TWO: New Arrivals, New Typologies
11:50 – 12:00 ONV Arkitekter: The Friendly Neighbours
12:00 - 12:15 René Boer // Urban Geographer from Non-fiction collective and Failed Architecture Amsterdam: Amsterdam Arrivals
12:15–12:25 Panel Discussion with ONV Arkitekter and René Boer
12:25 – 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 – 13:10 Short Film: Du meine Konkrete Utopie (2012-17) by Zara Pfeifer
PART THREE:Case Studies
13:10 – 13:20 AART Architects: The House of Generations
13:20 – 13:30 Almenr: CO-Housing 2.0Modern Housing communities
13:30 - 13:40 Vandkunsten: Danish Pioneers of Co-Housing
13:40 - 13:50 Architect Alex Hummel Lee (TBC): Learning from Japan
13:50 - 14:30 Panel discussion and Q&A from the audience
Price: 800 kr
Early bird: 650 kr
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 House (2017) in Grand Teatret introduced by Niklas Maak
Price: 90 kr.
19:00 - 21.00 Optional: Dinner incl. two courses and one glass of wine at Hotel Skt. Petri
Price: 295 kr.
Lunch, coffee and tea is included in the ticket price. If you wish to join the site visit to Grønttorvet we recommend that you bring a bike for transportation.
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For more information about the event please contact Project Manager Olga Gaitani at