Henrik Valeur, India 2016
Henrik Valeur, India 2016

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Henrik Valeur is a practicing architect-urbanist, author, curator, editor, educator and researcher.

He was born in Denmark (1966), the son of visual artist Mogens Valeur and fashion designer Birgitte Valeur. His grandfathers were both civil engineers.

Henrik graduated from the School of Architecture in Copenhagen in 1994 having previously studied with Enric Miralles at the School of Architecture in Barcelona (ETSAB). He subsequently worked briefly for Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam.

“His ability to quickly assimilate complex situations and requirements combined with a critical design sensibility made for valuable contributions” Christophe Cornubert, partner in charge, OMA, 1995

In 1997, Henrik founded UiD (Un-identified) – a networking urban consultancy and a pioneer in the field of collaborative and participatory planning and design. Some of his early works were exhibited at the Danish Architecture Centre:

“These are radical attempts at a new architectural practice.” Allan de Waal, architecture critic, Information, 1999

As the creative director of UiD, Henrik has developed the architectural concepts of “real time living” and “self-organizing spaces”, “garden flats” and “green streets”, the concept of “parallel processing” in urban planning and the related planning tools “1:1 sketch model”, “4D+ model” and “change design model”.

Based on a combined role-play and scenario game with local stakeholders, UiD developed the structure plan and the process manual for the development of Musicon in Roskilde in 2007. Roskilde Municipality received the Danish Urban Planning Award in 2012 for the “exceptionally creative planning” of Musicon.

Henrik is also the co-founder of CoMa – a multimedia mapping project on polycentric urban regions and networking multicultural societies. In addition, he has conducted research on urban mobility; policies, methods and technologies related to sustainable urban development; rapid urbanization in developing and emerging regions; climate change and cities.

In 2004 he was awarded the Nykredit Encouragement Prize for “his efforts to develop an architecture that corresponds to a new globalized reality”.

As the curator of the Danish Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2006, Henrik introduced the concept of “co-evolution” in architecture (in contrast to the “star architect” concept) and conceived and orchestrated the project, CO-EVOLUTION: Danish/Chinese Collaboration on Sustainable Urban Development in China, which was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation:

“We salute the creativity, intelligence, and generosity of the Danish pavilion.” The jury, Richard Sennett (President), Amyn Aga Khan, Antony Gormley and Zaha Hadid, Venice Biennale, 2006

In 2007, Henrik founded UiD Shanghai Co., Ltd in China. Among the projects he designed in China was the “Bicycle Tower”, which was exhibited in the Urban Best Practice Area at the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010.

Giving the Le Corbusier Memorial Lecture in Chandigarh, India, in 2010, Henrik noted that: “The problem with modernist architecture is not only that it tries to erase the past; it also obstructs the future!”

The same year he invented the term “development urbanism” to describe the use of urban development as a means to combat poverty and protect the environment in the so-called “developing” world. Henrik is the author of the book India: the Urban Transition – a Case Study of Development Urbanism (2014), which is based on his experiences as a teacher, researcher and practitioner in India.

“The fine grain reading of issues in the Indian city is an important contribution so is the attempt to connect so many dots to make sense of the moving targets we encounter in Urbanism in India.” Rahul Mehrotra, architect, Professor and Chair of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University, 2014

Henrik has served as a juror on international architecture competitions and as a moderator and speaker at international seminars and conferences. He has taught architecture and urbanism at universities in Asia and Europe and he frequently gives interviews and participates in public debates.

His work is inspired by analysis of contemporary realities, radical artistic movements like the Dadaists and the Situationists, the science of complexity and the philosophy of Daoism.

Henrik have lived and worked in Copenhagen, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Chandigarh and Bangalore.

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