Research institutes – University of Copenhagen

Research institutes

The Centre for Strategic Urban Research consists of four partners: Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning, IGN, University of Copenhagen; Section for Geography, IGN, University of Copenhagen; Platform Urban Landscapes, Aarhus School of Architecture and Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology, Aalborg University. One representative from each of the four institutions oversees the daily management of the Centre. 

Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning, IGN, University of Copenhagen 

The main research areas for the Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning are development, planning, design, and management of urban areas, green spaces and rural landscapes. The research is multi-disciplinary including landscape architecture, planning, engineering, biology, forestry, geography, GIS based spatial analysis, and urban governance. The research is both basic and applied. It is important that research results contribute to a sustainable practice for the development of cities and landscapes, environmentally as well as socially, economically, and culturally. Many of the research projects are undertaken in cooperation with partners from both the public and the private sector.

Section for Geography, IGN, University of Copenhagen

The Section for Geography conduct research within the field of geography which range from urban planning, labour market relations, poverty and migration in developing countries within the social scientific sphere of geography – to land system science, value chains, coastal protection, soil mapping and climate analyses within the natural geographical sphere. Furthermore the section has environmental geographers who are engaged in natural resource management and landscape analyses from both a natural and a social scientific perspective. The geoinformaticists use IT tools to process and analyse large volumes of spatial data and to find ways of using satellite images to predict, e.g. food shortages.

Platform Urban Landscapes, Aarhus School of Architecture

Platform Urban Landscapes is concerned with urban landscapes as an independent field of research and teaching, where landscape includes urban aspects. The work of the platform is characterised by a particular approach to the built environment (in the widest sense) which emphasizes open and free spaces. Based on this, urbanity is problematized theoretically, empirically and with regard to design and planning. Through an experimental and design-oriented approach to urban landscapes, the platform seeks out pressing and complex challenges. The platform aims at developing knowledge through research projects, research-based teaching and development projects related to the architectural practice. This involves the discovery, integration and application of ideas and knowledge generated through experimental cooperation with practice. At the same time, the platform seeks to develop the theoretical foundation of the approach and to utilize this for formulating and developing concrete experiments in landscape research. 

Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology, Aalborg University

The Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology is unique in the Danish context as it collects disciplines within architecture, design, media and technology under one roof providing the foundation for a powerful new field of knowledge and development of competence within the field of design with a human focus. The department vision is to utilize and investigate the interplay between creativity and technology for development of new growth areas in research and education directed towards the user or participants. The developed new architecture, urban design, products, and media solutions with the user or participants in focus addresses future societal challenges regarding development of sustainable and attractive ways of living. The impact on the physical environment and user interaction will be subjects for investigation, paving the way for new technologies and solutions that take the user experience fully into account. The ambition is to deliver excellent human centred technology research.