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Feeling the City

Tina Saaby
City Architect of Gladsaxe, Kopenhagen

In her lecture Tina Saaby will share some of her learnings from being city architect in Copenhagen, designing the city as partner in WITRAZ architects and from conversations with citymakers, politicians and citizens around the world. She will reflect on element as climate change, placemaking, bikeculture, nature in the city and how to create cities for and with people.

Being the Chief City Architect in Copenhagen from 2010 to 2019, Tina Saaby has been involved in developing new neighbourhoods, existing neighbourhoods, deprived areas and a lot of strategies for big areas like the harbour, the inner city, wild nature area etc. She had a leading role in developing a new vision for the city, called Co-Create Copenhagen, an architectural policy which supports the visions, and a strategy for urban nature. Parallel with that she was a part of developing strategies for dealing with climate change especially how to take care of cloudburst, strategies for more bikes, city life, waste, more pedestrians, CO2 neutrality, urban renewal, design-codes etc

Tina Saaby graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and has more than 20 years of professional experience designing and managing projects partly as partner of Witraz Architects and as Vice President of the Danish Architects´ Association.
She is working now as an urban expert at Jan Gehl Architects and owner of Tina Saaby Copenhagen. Since April 2020 she is cityarchitect of Gladsaxe, a part of greater Copenhagen.  Further on she is head of the advisory board for the School of Architecture KADK Copenhagen.
 In 2019 she received the honorary membership of the Association of German Architects (BDA).

photo © Agnes Saaby Thomsen