Urbanism in the Anthropocene

Public seminar and workshop 9 - 10 May

Join us for the 2-day seminar and workshop Urbanism in the Anthropocene organized by Platform Urban Landscapes – Centre for Strategic Urban Research. The seminar will address the challenges confronting urbanism due to the entanglement of urbanisation and anthropogenic processes.

Natural scientists think of our contemporary age as a new geological epoch. The Holocene has given way to the ‘Anthropocene’ as human activities have significant impact on the transformations of our planet, its ecosystems, and geology. Concurrently, urban researchers think of our age as ‘the urban age’ since more than 50% of the population of the Earth now lives in cities. The percentage is expected to increase in the coming decades.

In short: the future of humanity most probably will be fundamentally marked by both urbanization and the human impact on the planet Earth.

The seminar is free and consists of two parts – a public seminar and a workshop.

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Simon Marvin: Urban encapsulations and the anthropocene
  • Professor emeritus Thomas Sieverts: Counteracting acceleration and abstraction – The principle of heritage preservation and its generalization in the anthropocene
  • Professor Jens-Christian Svenning: Rethinking ecology for the anthropocene
  • PhD-fellow Katrina Wiberg: Climate adaption across boundaries and practices – aiming for resilience and plural values
  • Ellen Braae & Svava Riesto: Redesigning with new ‘urban nature’ in protected heritage park
  • Marie Markman: Urban nature in Nye (a new ecological suburb in Aarhus)
  • Associate Professor Stefan Darlan Boris: The School Forest in Aarhus


When: 9 May 2016, 11.00 – 17.00
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Main Auditorium, Exhibition Building, Nørreport 22, 8000 Aarhus C


When: 10 May 2016, 9.00-15.30
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Studsgade Auditorium, Studsgade 33, 8000 Aarhus C


Deadline for registration: 4 May 2016 to Susanne de Linde.

Please note that everyone are welcome to join the public seminar, but the workshop is reserved for researchers and staff. There will, however, be a few open places for external persons at the workshop. If you are interested, please contact professor emeritus Niels Albertsen with a motivation.