Urban95 and Bernard van Leer Foundation at the C40 World Mayors Summit – Copenhagen, 9-12 October

Published October 4, 2019

Babies and toddlers all over the world are suffering some of the worst impacts of air pollution and climate change, affecting their health and ability to learn for a lifetime.

That’s why the Bernard van Leer Foundation will be at the C40 World Mayors Summit to share emerging ideas for designing and planning healthy, vibrant cities with clean air where young children thrive.

We’ll be running our Urban95 Virtual Reality Experience for delegates to experience the city from 95cm – the height of a 3-year-old – in the main networking lounge.

And in collaboration with our partner Gehl as well as the City of Copenhagen, Utrecht University, Google, Clean Air Fund and others, we’ll be sharing the initial results of a new project to improve air quality for young children in the city.

Come say hello at our Urban95 Virtual Reality Experience, check out one of our events below, or contact Taissa.DeMelloPaduaBernardes@bvleerf.nl to set up a time. We’d love to meet with you.

Urban95 at the Public Space Masterclass (by invitation only – for city delegates)

WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER, 0900-1400
Bygningskulturens Hus, Borgergade 111, Copenhagen

Cecilia Vaca Jones, Programme Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, will give a presentation on Urban95 – designing cities where babies and toddlers thrive – as part of a public space masterclass hosted by the City of Copenhagen.

Urban95 Virtual Reality Experience, Urban95 Short Films + Thrive Zone Exhibit (open to all)

THURSDAY 10 AND FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER, ALL DAY
Vandsalen Lounge, Tivoli Congress Centre

If you could experience the city from 95cm – the height of a 3-year-old – what would you change? We’ve partnered with Arup to develop a Virtual Reality Experience so you can tell us just that.

We’ll also be showing short, joyful films showing the daily journeys of toddlers in Pune, India and Recife, Brazil.

And we’ll share some of the initial findings of a project with Gehl and collaborators to measure and improve air quality where young children spend time.

Quick Pitch on Designing Thrive Zones: Clean Air for the Youngest City Residents (open to all)

THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER, 1130-1145
Vandsalen Lounge, Tivoli Congress Centre

Patrin Watanatada, Knowledge for Policy Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, will introduce a 5-minute presentation by Ewa Westermark, Partner and Director, Gehl.

What can cities do now to limit residents’ exposure to air pollution – especially by babies and toddlers, whose lungs, hearts and brains are still developing?

A new project by Gehl and collaborators, Designing Thrive Zones, seeks to answer two questions:

  1. What levels of air pollution do children under 5 encounter as part of everyday routines in Copenhagen?
  2. How might cities use urban design and planning interventions to invite small children to spend time where the air quality is good, and make air quality better where small children already spend time?

Supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation and Google. In collaboration with the Copenhagen Solutions Lab, Utrecht and Århus universities, and the Clean Air Fund.

Side Event: Adding Air Quality to City Planning – Designing Thrive Zones for the Youngest City Residents (open to all – registration required)

THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER, 1800-1900
BLOXHUB, Los Angeles Meeting Room
Frederiksholms Kanal 30, 1220 Copenhagen

>> Registration required via this link <<

Together with Gehl, Utrecht University, the Bernard van Leer Foundation and the Clean Air Fund…

…the City of Copenhagen invites you to a dialogue on creating a healthy public realm by considering air quality in urban planning and design.

Come hear new research combining local air quality data and the lived experiences of families with small children.

    1. What levels of air pollution do children under 5 encounter as part of everyday routines in Copenhagen?
    2. How might cities use urban design and planning interventions to INVITE small children to spend time where the air quality is good, and ADAPT the space to make air quality better where small children already spend time?

Speakers and panel discussants include:

  • Bo Wesley, Cities Changing Diabetes, Novo Nordisk
  • Camilla van Deurs, Chief Architect, City of Copenhagen
  • Cecilia Vaca Jones, Programme Director, Bernard van Leer Foundation
  • Ewa Westermark, Partner and Director, Gehl
  • Karin Tuxin-Bettman, Program Manager, Google Air View
  • Matt Whitney, Analyst, Clean Air Fund
  • Patrin Watanatada, Knowledge for Director, Bernard van Leer Foundation

And we’ll be inviting contributions from the floor. Please join us!