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The Danish Approach: 'People First'

Despite Denmark’s modest size, it has made noteworthy impressions worldwide through architectural ambition and its human-centred, sustainable approach. Many great Danish cases serve as a model for rethinking urban challenges.

The Royal Danish Consulate General had the pleasure of hosting a delegation of Danish experts who sought out to present the Danish perspective on the ’People First’ approach to Canadian stakeholders. The delegation of Danish experts arrived in Canada to present at the Royal Architects Institute of Canada and Ontario Association of Architects’ 2017 Festival of Architecture; the session was among the first to sell out and turned out to be a great success.

The session built on the Danish Architecture Policy and each speaker provided their unique take on ‘People First’ approach:

On the occasion of the visit Ambassador Niels Boel Abrahamsen hosted a reception at the Danish Residence in collaboration with the Active House Alliance. The reception was attended by Canadian architects, planners, policymakers and other industry stakeholders. The reception provided an opportunity to foster and strengthen Danish Canadian partnerships.

From left: MPP Etobicoke Lakeshore, Peter Milczyn, President and CEO Velux Canada, Nels Moxness, Ambassador Niels Boel Ambrahamsen, and President and COO Great Gulf Low-Rise, Tad Putyra.

Lone Feifer and Kolja Nielsen from our delegation of Danish experts admiring the Velux Skylights at the Danish Residence.

Hosts and presenters from the reception. From left: CEO Velux Canada, Nels Moxness, President Great Gulf Residential, Christopher Wein, Ambassador Niels Boel Ambrahamsen, Programme Director Sustainable Living in Buildings Velux Group, Lone Feifer, Founding Partner and CEO at CEBRA Architecture, and Chief Architect of Aarhus, Stephen Willacy.