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Urban Design Committee

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    Free and open to the public

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    Knowledge Community



Designing for Streetscape Vitality – Learnings from Europe

Cities worldwide are experiencing opportunities and constraints that accompany unprecedented growth. In order to design neighborhoods and districts that are vibrant, attractive destinations, Henning Larsen’s Design Principal and Partner, Louis Becker International Assoc. AIA, will make the proposition that the spaces in between buildings hold the key to creating livable cities. Framing the challenge of activating streetscape vitality within the context of climate change, Louis Becker will take the audience through a series of cases from Europe, which showcase Henning Larsen’s distinct approach to achieving livability with a human-centered focus at different scales; from large-scale waterfront developments to urban blocks, where integration of cultural attractors, offices, learning institutions, and housing are woven together within the framework of a thoughtful urban fabric. Louis Becker will demonstrate how activating the public realm, inspiring outdoor activities, and mixing functions contribute to boosting streetscape vitality. By informing urban designs based on site and cultural contexts, accessibility, and microclimates—and within the framework of poignant urban planning and development incentives—we are able to design cities that thrive, now and in the future.

Louis Becker International Assoc. AIA, RIBA, Hon. FRIAS, serves as Henning Larsen’s Design Principal and Partner. With nearly three decades in practice, the scope of his experience spans from the design of cultural icons to city districts, with a particular focus on new buildings and urban place-making. Louis oversees Henning Larsen’s international activities with a focus on the firm’s North American projects. In 2011, Louis was awarded the Eckersberg Medal by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts for his contribution to the field of architecture and international achievements.

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