Interviews and reviews

[Selected]

Chopra on Valeur, ‘India: The Urban Transition – A Case Study of Development’
Review by Preeti Chopra in H-Asia, H-Net Reviews, December, 2015.
Excerpt: “In an age when star architects dominate our attention, the Danish architect-urbanist Henrik Valeur’s book on India’s urban transition is an important reminder to us of a longstanding parallel history of architecture and urbanism, one where architects tackle social problems through practical engagement with the built environment.”
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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]

Carnival we ought to grow out of
Article by Kuldip Dhiman in The Tribune 02.08.2015.
Henrik’s idea was that by removing all cars, a lot of space would be freed. “Almost 25 per cent of the total surface area of the sector is used by cars, either for driving or parking. All of this asphalt, which contributes significantly to the overheating of the city, could be removed, and instead, eco-friendly pathways for pedestrians, cycles and rickshaws could be built. These would be narrower, though still providing sufficient space for emergency vehicles,” says Henrik.
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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]

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

Book Review – India: The Urban Transition – A case study of Development Urbanism
Review by Mukta Naik in Urban India, Vol. 34 Issue 1, January-June, 2014, pp. 235-239.
Excerpt: “Henrik’s observations appear valuable in repositioning important questions and seeking opportunities for creative solutions.”
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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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According to future plans, Sector 19 will become car-free
Review by Gaurav Bhatia in Dainik Bhaskar 08.12.2010.
Excerpt: “To reduce the traffic at the crossings, to motivate the people to take to cycling, and to reduce the pollution, Henrik has tried to link the green belts of different sectors. The division between sectors will be broken so that cycles and rickshaws have free passage between green belts.”
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International architects lay stress on sustainable development of cities
Article in Indian Express 10.10.2010.
Excerpt: “ ‘Taking the case study of China where the benefits of rapid development are overwhelming. But at the same time it has affected not only the environment but also ended up in unplanned development leading to congestion and many social problems. It seems that if India does not wake up to the need of sustainable development, it would be no different than China in the coming five to ten years,’ said Henrik Valeur”
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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.”
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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.
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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”.
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Danish and Chinese ideas on the ‘Harmonious City’
Review in Shanghai Daily 18.09.2007.
Excerpt: “Danish and Chinese architects are trying to solve the problem of how China can proceed with its ambitious projects to improve the living conditions of its people without exhausting the very resources needed to sustain a better life.”
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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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En gylden stund for dansk arkitektur (A golden moment for Danish architecture)
Review by Libbie Fjelstrup in Politiken 10.11.2006.
Uddrag: “Et dansk/kinesisk arkitektursamarbejde omkring byudvikling i fire kinesiske byer har vundet hovedprisen, Den Gyldne Løve, på den internationale arkitekturbiennale i Venedig. Det er aldrig sket før og vil nu for alvor sætte dansk arkitektur på verdenskortet.”
Review [740K] pdf

Biennale of Architecture – The Danish pavilion
Review by Régine Debatty in We Make Money Not Art 29.10.2006.
Excerpt: “One of my favourite pavilions at the Venice Biennale was the Danish one. Its design is all pop, flashy and fun (just as i like them), its central themes (China and sustainability) are certainly very trendy these days but its approach is everything but superficial.”
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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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High-speed urbanism
Review by Finn Selmer in Arkitekten #12, 2006.
Uddrag: “Den danske udstilling derimod tynges ikke af historiske eller kontekstuelle absoluter, men kaster sig uforfærdet over den kinesiske high-speed-urbanisme, der i disse år forsøger at imødekomme en massiv folkevandring fra landområderne til de store byer, samtidig med at levestandarden og forbruget i Kina er støt stigende.”
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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

Om perfekta städer (On perfect places)
Review in Sydsvenskan 10.06.2005.
Utdrag: “En ny mångfald, i staden kräver en ny planering menar initiativtagarna till ”A new future for planning”. En som fångar upp medborgaren. Det är det spöke som drar genom hela den nya st adsbyggnadsdiskussionen som syns i ‘A new future for planning’: Hur fånga föränderligheten, hur planera för den?”
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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

Rummets kunst (The art of space)
Review by Camilla Jalving in Kristeligt Dagblad 06.10.2004.
Uddrag: “Arkitektgruppen UiD, som i flere år har arbejdet undersøgende i forhold til alternative boligformer, bystrukturer og samfundsvisioner forsøger at løse problemet med et helt rum fyldt af indholdsmættede plancher. Ret interessant – giver man sig den nødvendige tid, for informationer er der nok af.”
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Kris men hoppfullt i Lund (Crisis, yet hope, in Lund)
Review by Leo Gullbring in Arkitekten 30.09.2004.
Utdrag: “Parallellt ordnar Henrik Valeur och Fredrik Fritzson, från arkitektduon UID, ett rollspel om gated communities. Frågor som ligger helt rätt i tiden, och som skulle kunna bli en början till en aktivare roll för Arkitektskolan i Lund.”
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En gryende dialog (An emerging dialogue)
Review in Dagens Nyheter 02.05.2004.
Utdrag: “ ‘CHECK-IN Oresund’ lämnar sitt bidrag till en gryende ny-programmatisk rörelse, en rörelse som kanske, med arkitekturteoretikern Anthony Vidlers ord, ‘inte kommer att prioritera arkitektur i konventionell bemärkelse’, men som inte heller kommer att väja för svårigheterna att, med hjälp av ny teknologi, kontinuerligt ge regionens vardag en meningsfull form.”
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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

Øresundsregionen er som Los Angeles (The Öresundregion is like Los Angeles)
Review in Søndagsavisen 26.03.2004.
Uddrag: “Det 21. Århundredes bysamfund er multikulturelt og består af små og store byer, sammensatte landskaber og befolkninger. […] Det har det dansk-svenske arkitektfirma Uid skabt en multimedieudstilling om.”
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Ljud som samtidskonst i det offentliga rummet (Sound as contemporary art in public space)
Review by Yrr Jonasdottir in Synpunkt #05, 2003.
Utdrag: “Ljudet används ofta som uttryck i samtidskonsten. Det är vanligt i konstens rum, men ovanligt som konstnärligt uttryck i det offentliga rummet. Konstprojketet Undercover.Coma av den dansk/svenska duon CoMa, Fredrik Fritzson (S) och Henrik Valeur (DK), bestod av ljud i två befintliga telefonkiosker på stan. I dessa små rum kunde man höra röster talandes olika språk. Det lät som fragment ur samtal.”
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Kulturprojekt i kaffetårnet (Culture project in the Coffee Tower)
Review by Libbie Fjelstrup in Politiken 19.05.1999.
Uddrag: “… i dag præsenterer en række kunstnere [et forslag] der ikke bare skal give tårnet status som kulturhus med bl.a. film- og teaterforestillinger, her skal også være værksteder for grafikere, scenografer, billedkunstnere og arkitekter, her skal være en ramme for seminarer og workshops og indrettes et antal lejligheder for udenlandske kunstnere på ophold.”
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Alt eller intet (All or nothing)
Review by Allan de Waal in Information 19.02.1999.
Uddrag: “Dennegang er det radikale tilløb til en ny arkitektonisk praksis, men nærmest de-illumineret. For de løsrevne citater eller drilagtige annonceklip på væggene viser i første omgang kritisk væk fra emnet bygningskunst, og ikke umiddelbart ind mod en arkitektonisk kerne. Men den er dér!”
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