june // copenhagen harbor
Lars B. Lindeberg
Architect MAA

A skilled and adventurous sailor, Copenhagen’s harbor holds a special place in Lars’ heart. During his tenure as Partner at JJW Architects, he was  instrumental in the development of Skolen i Sydhavnen (the School of the South Harbor), a maritime and science-based school located on a canal in Copenhagen’s former industrial district, Teglholmen. The school design celebrates the harbor as a learning environment and community harbor house at a human-scale. The roof terrace folds down directly to the water, offering students and neighborhood locals a cultural meeting point for learning and play. The design has earned international acclaim, including being crowned as the “Best School in the World” by World Architecture News.



Lars believes architecture is about designing for people. He believes user-driven design is a balance between pragmatic solutions and value-based design, yet this always requires a willingness and curiosity to try something new.

special guests
Camilla van Deurs
City Architect for the City of Copenhagen, Architect MAA, PhD

For the past 11 years, Camilla has been a leading design force behind Gehl – the global urban research and design consultancy based here in Copenhagen. Her work encompasses people-first urban design strategies, masterplanning frameworks, and citizen engagement initiatives for local and international clients and communities.


As the newly appointed City Architect for the City of Copenhagen, Camilla’s professional profile will support the municipality’s visionary architectural policy and urban development policy “Architecture for the People.”


Her distinguished experience co-creating cities in Denmark and abroad will serve as an important resource to communicate, qualify, and direct social, economic, and environmental design decisions relating to the ever-evolving urban development throughout Copenhagen.

Thursday, June 20
16:00 – 17:30
on a sailing boat in Christianshavn*

Harbor Dialogues

Lars B. Lindeberg
& special guest Camilla van Deurs

How do we secure a human-scale interface between water and land?

In today’s version of Copenhagen, the harborfront has become a living laboratory to activate new forms of urban life in the post-industrial city.

The transformative story of Copenhagen’s harbor is rooted in an ambitious redevelopment plan that has elevated the city’s public life profile by seizing its place-making potential at the waterfront. New bridges, neighborhoods, and experimental public spaces offer a modern mix of mobility, social infrastructure, and recreation aimed to improve quality of life for its citizens.

Copenhagen’s urban successes are a tribute to decades of urban leadership cultivated through human-centered design decisions at various scales. The city is commonly celebrated for its pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, yet shows room for improvement in designing a human-scale interface between water and land.

With the insurgence of water-based activities and waterfront public spaces, we need to design the critical intersections where water meets land with the same level of care as our pedestrian and bicycle connections. As a city often championed as one of the “most livable,” we must continue to develop and evaluate people-centric design initiatives that expand urban life on the water, while improving safe and secure traffic in the harbor.

Join us - Harbor Dialogues

We invite you to join an intimate dialogue with Camilla van Deurs (City Architect, Copenhagen) and Lars Lindeberg (Architect MAA, avid sailor) on his sailing boat in Christianshavn to discuss how we can improve accessibility from the water, to the quay, to the street, to the neighborhood - and back again. If weather permits, we will offer a sailing tour of the northern end of the harbor.

Tickets are limited - only 9 available - so please register to reserve your seat:

*Meeting Location: Strandgade 95 / østvendt kaj (eastern quay)
Sail boat: "Securis"