Interviews

2015 – Interview: In Conversation with Architect and Urbanist Henrik Valeur
Interview by Niveditha Ravikumar in Zingy Homes, Tete-A-Tete with Experts, 26 October 2015
“Back then I was interested in the possible impact of globalization – how increased time-dependency and decreased place-dependency would alter the way we think of architecture and how increased global competition and decreased local cultural homogeneity would transform the way we think of cities. Later I became interested in understanding shared global challenges related to poverty, health, environment, climate change etc. and the opportunities offered by globalization to solve those challenges by working together across cultural boundaries.”
Interview [Alog]

2015 – Development Urbanism, Issues and possibilities: In Conversation with Henrik Valeur
Interview by Richa Sharma in Tekton, Vol. 2, Issue 1, March 2015, pp. 94 – 109
“You cannot understand the city from only one perspective; you have to employ as many different perspectives as possible. And those perspectives are constantly changing because the city is not only defined by its physical structures, but by multiple systems of resource exchange and energy flow, which essentially makes the city impossible to thoroughly comprehend.”
Interview [Alog]

2014 – Den urbane landsby (The urban village)
Interview by Cecilie Cronwald in Weekendavisen, Ideer, pp. 1-3, 27.06.2014
“Migrationen til byerne er i virkeligheden en positiv udvikling. Så i stedet for at holde fattige mennesker kunstigt ude af byen, skulle man hellere prøve at finde ud, hvordan man kan integrere de her mennesker i den urbane økonomi,” siger Valeur.
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Weekendavisen 27.06.2014
Weekendavisen 27.06.2014

2011 – Following Gandhi
Interview by Mona in Tribune Lifestyle 04.04.2011
Be the change you want to see in the world, said Mahatma Gandhi. That’s what Henrik Valeur, Danish architect-urbanist, awarded the prestigious Golden Lion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice, 2006, practices and preaches.
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2011 – Byer som verdens frelse (The urban salvation)
Interview by Pernille Stensgaard in Weekendavisen, p. 7, 07.01.2011
“De traditionelle byer i området med høje, tætte, lerklinede huse er meget mere bæredygtige end den by, der skulle være højdepunktet af vores videnskabelige og teknologiske formåen. For ofte handler det ikke om, hvorvidt projekterne er bæredygtige, men om man kan overbevise andre om, at de er det.”
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2010 – Drawing the Line
Article by Mona in Tribune Lifestyle 11.10.2010
On the issue of ever-growing Chandigarh versus retaining the basic, Henrik says, “Cities are meant for development. Be it social, economic, cultural or academic. More and more people would come to cities, something one cannot change”. As for solutions, he suggests, “Let a few selected sectors be the testing ground. One can try making it a high-density, pedestrian friendly, mixed use and social integrator. The plans that are successful here can be used as a model”.
Article [1.3MB] jpg

2008 – Shanghai, the future on the other side of the world
Special report by Eduardo Nunomura in O Estado de Sao Paulo 03.08.2008
“Shanghai’s recent history shows that high speed and large scale urban development is possible,” says Valeur. “It is an example of how to attack poverty on a global scale.”
Special report [143K] pdf

2007 – A cidade, pelo olhar estrangeiro (The city seen from outside)
Article by Sergio Duran in O Estado de Sao Paulo 18.11.2007
“Há dois tipos de moradores aqui: o que vai de carro, fechado e com olhar de medo, nervoso, e as pessoas das calçadas, risonhas, com roupas de verão, alegres”, observou Valeur.
Article [312K] pdf

2007 – Global wisdom can craft solutions to urban woes
Interview by Wang Yanlin in Shanghai Daily 27.09.2007
“An ideal city should have diversities. It should be a mixture of the old and new, work and leisure, and most of all, city and nature”.
Interview [652K] jpg

2007 – Co-Evolution
Interview by Bert de Muynck in DOMUS China #4 2007
“It is not so interesting to just express yourself as it is to be part of something bigger, to be part of society.”
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2006
Interview in Danish Radio P1 15.11.2006 [13:45 min]

2006
Interview in Danish Television DR2 Deadline 14.11.2006 [10 min]

2006 – Co-evolution / a kína-jelenség a velencei dán pavilonban
Interview by Szilágyi Gábor in Epiteszforum 10.10.2006
A Velencei Építészeti Biennále magyar pavilonjától nem messze helyezkedik el Dánia kiállítóhelye. Dánia kiállítása 2006-ban – hasonlóan a magyar bemutatóhoz – Kína növekvő jelenlétének hatásával foglalkozott, azonban ezt Kína területén, a nagyvárosokban vizsgálta. Ezért is tűnt érdekesnek megkérdezni a dán pavilon kurátorát, Henrik Valeur-t, hogyan gondolták ők végig a kiállításukat, és milyen megoldásokat találtak a problémákra.
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2006 – Fremtiden foregår i Kina (The future is in China)
Interview by Rune Huvendick Jensen in DAC Nyt 07.09.2006
“Det handler ikke bare om eksport, om at vi har al den her viden og knowhow, som vi skal ned og sælge til kineserne. I højere grad handler det om udveksling. Det her er også en mulighed for os. Vi tror tit at fremtiden foregår her, men i virkeligheden foregår meget af den i Kina. På den måde er det også os, der har behov for at lære af kineserne.”
Interview [936K] jpg

2006 – Danske arkitekter ud af osteklokken (Danish architects out of isolation)
Interview by Torben Weirup in Berlingske 06.09.2006
“The problem with Danish architecture is that we have been too complacent for too long”
Interview [82K] pdf

2006 – Culture Express
Interview in CCTV (China Central Television) International 28.02.2006 [10:00 – 12:00] >

2005 – Så er der opbrud! (Breaking up!)
Interview by Pernille Stensgaard in Byplan Nyt #3 2005
“Problemet er, at man på forhånd mener at vide, hvad der er det rigtige. Måske skulle man være lidt mere ydmyg over for sine egne begrænsninger og perspektiver. Det vigtigste for os er at skabe mulighed for, at nye ting kan ske, og måske ligefrem fremprovokere dem. Målet med styringen må ikke være at låse os fast i en bestemt orden og bestemte idealer.”
Interview [760K] pdf

2004
Interview in Danish Radio P1 Kulturnyt 06.04.2004

2004 – Check-in til den moderne storby (Check-in to the modern city)
Interview in MetroXpress 06.04.2004
“Byplanlæggerne er på nogle måder 30-40 år bagud.De ser problemer i stedet for muligheder, og deres principper passer ikke til moderne menneskers levevis. De nye teknologier har vendt op og ned på vores muligheder for at mødes, arbejde og udvikle os, og det skal vi tænke med på en helt anden måde, end vi gør i dag.”
Interview [107K] pdf

2004
Interview in TV2 Lorry 26.03.2004