SOA 2019-20 Lecture Series

design imageEmpowering Urban Communities Through Sustainability: A Detroit-Denmark Conversation

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 – 5:30 p.m.

Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center, Warren Loranger Architecture Building, McNichols Campus

Like Detroit, several of Denmark’s larger cities have emerged in recent history from near-bankruptcy and decline to become centers of vibrant urban revitalization. Practitioners from both sides of the Atlantic bring unique strengths and design solutions to the challenge of how to engage and empower local communities, create economic growth, strengthen urban mobility, and adapt to a changing climate.

Join us for a moderated panel discussion with leaders from Detroit and Denmark to discuss their work in strengthening their cities’ through sustainable planning, development, and building initiatives. The program, the second in a three-part Detroit-Denmark Conversation series, is made possible through a unique partnership between the City of Detroit, Detroit Design 139, Design Core Detroit, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Danish Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs, and the Danish Architecture Center. Our goal is to listen, learn, and inspire.

Students using city scooters to get through Detroit. Photo Credit: Michele Brautnick (SmithGroup)Panelists are as follows:

  • Abir Ali, Special Projects Consultant and Director (Moderator)
  • Thomas Krarup, Project Director, COBE
  • Mads Birgens Kristensen, Head of Urbanism, COBE
  • Khalil Ligon, Lead Urban Planner, East Region, Planning & Development Department, City of Detroit
  • Janet Attarian, Senior Mobility Strategist, Principal, SmithGroup

Photo Credit: Rasmus Hjortshøj (COAST), Michele Brautnick (SmithGroup)


Detroit Mercy SOA Lecture Series is presented by the Great Lakes Fabricators and Erectors Association with additional support from our generous sponsors.

Detroit Mercy SOA 2018/2019 Lecture Series sponsor logos

Lecture Sponsor

SDI Structures

Bedrock Detroit


Series Supporting Sponsorship

Gensler

SSOE