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Charrette 2016: The Future is Here

Once again students from all over the globe gathered at KEA for the annual Charrette Workshop. Here they worked across disciplines and cultures to offer new concepts for urban living.

"60 fantastic young students from across the globe working with Urban Livability. We had a full week of hard work, hard studies, excursions into the city, and excursions into the future"
- Carsten Bech, Centre for Future Studies

How do we predict the future? For the 2016 Charrette the participating students and lecturers gave it a try. The Centre of Future Studies (CIFF) in Copenhagen came with the brief and KEA instructed the students in Design Thinking. Armed with those tools, each of the 9 groups started developing a concept based on one of three megatrends identified by CIFF.


Trust between citizens is vital to a peaceful society. Denmark is known for very high level of trust in the public space, but changes in society and the increased density in urban areas threaten the trust level. How can the urban environment encourage people to feel at ease and trust each other?

Urban Mobility

Despite the fact that an increasing number of activities can be dealt with remotely, people still need to get around physically. Copenhagen is known for its cycling culture, but urban density requires increasingly complex traffic solutions. How would you develop a solution complying with the future traffic situation in bigger cities?

New Spaces - New Functions

The Nørrebro area in Copenhagen has one of the highest plot ratios in Denmark. That puts extra strain on the flexibility of public spaces. How will our daily lives challenge the thresholds between public and private spaces in the future? What impact will this have on the utility, character and availability of public spaces?

Bringing people and buildings together

The main characteristic of a Charrette project is its ability to bring cultures and knowledge together. Architecture students learn about connectivity from communication students that in turn learn about structure from industrial design students and all learn valuable project management skills.

"It's not just the structure of the building that matters. It's getting people involved."
- Student in KEA Charrette 2016

Participating students not only expand their academic knowledge, but also their network and cultural understanding and this instant global community is appreciated by all students and lecturers involved.

"Working with people from all over the world is SO interesting and gives you just good feelings. I'm so happy that I did this"
- Student in KEA Charrette 2016

The end results are often surprising and inspiring. For the 2016 Charrette students inspired us with gardens in the sky, innovative burial museums, social rain communities, and bike storage benches.

"I thought it was especially inspiring to see how the students used the cityscape in their attempt to manage urban congestion. The winning project with the vertical cemetery was just extremely well thought out"
- Morten Stovegaard, KEA Lecturer

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