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People’s University

People’s University (Folkets Universitet) is a platform for critical thinking and creative action loosely associated with People’s House (Folkets Hus) in Nørrebro, Copenhagen. We wish to change ourselves and the world around us from within and from below. The intention of the course ‘Another City’ is to strengthen the resistance and enable alternatives to the developer-driven and technocratically controlled urban development by exploring the possibilities for spontaneous and self-organized forms of urbanization based on the theory of development urbanism. Course  

Development Urbanism

Development urbanism is a theory concerned with the correlation between urbanization, social and environmental change. It may provide inspiration in regions undergoing urban transition but it may also inspire the sustainable transition of already urbanized regions. A radically different approach to development and urbanism is proposed. Rather than attempting to achieve control and predictability, planners and managers, as well as decision and opinion makers, are encouraged to let urban communities develop spontaneously through self-organization. We may let go of control if social and environmental problems are solved at the root. Problems are solved at the root by eliminating their causes rather than by adding additional layers of complex management systems and sophisticated technologies. The causes of social and environmental problems are best eliminated through co-evolution. Theory

Co-evolutionary Architecture

This book imparts a combination of experiential, propositional and theoretical knowledge that is developed in a process in which concrete experiments, critical discussions, evaluation of experiences, theoretical studies and the development of visions evolve one another. Synopsis

Can we change our way of living?

Last year, 301 Danish researchers stated that the notion that our – the well-off’s – way of life is compatible with a climate-friendly agenda is based on false assumptions, misleading calculations and dubious speculations. At the same time, it is now clear that climate change is already a reality and therefore is not just a matter of reducing our impact on the climate; it is about adapting to these changes, too. In either case, cities play a crucial role, both because urbanization leads to more consumption and more pollution and because the risk of disasters is greatest where many people are gathered. Moreover, cities are growing rapidly in large parts of the world. Solutions thus have to be found in cities. This is where we have to experiment with new ways of living in harmony with each other and with nature. Article

Scenarios for a car-free Copenhagen

Through the discussion of challenges and opportunities and the development of ideas and visions, the project seeks to contribute to an inspiring and informed debate about Copenhagen’s future development and the formulation of long-term strategies and objectives for this development aimed at reducing the city’s environmental impact and making it more climate resilient, supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, promoting solidarity and community feeling, as well as improving public health and well-being. Report