Exploring Copenhagen

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.

Urban Power
special guest
Rune Veile
Architect MAA, Partner Urban Power

Rune Veile is one of the visionary talents behind Urban Power – one of the leading Danish offices in the field of transformation and development of existing urban areas. They create environments with a high degree of livability and optimized solutions for social interaction. Their transformative urban strategies, including the highly acclaimed projects “Nordhaleøen” and “Holmene,” demonstrate the power of design and the need for urban leadership to create livable, sustainable, and climate-resilient cities. 

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

Harbor Dialogues

Lars B. Lindeberg
with special guest Rune Veile, Urban Power

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 Lars Lindeberg (Architect MAA, avid sailor) on his sailing boat in Christianshavn alongside Rune Veile (Architect MAA, Partner - Urban Power) 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"