• Henning Larsen Initiates New Research with DTU and MIT

    Data on human behavior should inform urban design. That is the basis for our ninth industrial PhD project, where we investigate how quantitative data from micro-contexts can inform urban design and development. The project is carried out in close collaboration with The Technical University of Denmark and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • The goal of the Ph.D. project is to create appropriate sustainability and livability indicators, consisting of quantitative data within specific urban contexts. This could be flow data – understanding how people physically move around on the site – demographic data or social media data. This will create a city much more in alignment with the people living in it.

    Krister Jens, MSc. in Engineering (Sustainable Cities), will conduct the investigation into how collected data on human behavioral patterns can be integrated into the design process. He will develop a thorough method to use this kind of data in urban design.

    “This Ph.D. is about documenting the value architecture can create aside from the actual building. Instead of documenting the effects once the building is done, we will strive to collect as much data as possible about the site, the surroundings, the people living close by, before we even start designing,” Jakob Strømann-Andersen, Partner and Head of Sustainability, says.

    Design with knowledge

    At Henning Larsen, we believe architectural projects should add value to the society, the end-users, and the community beyond the programmatic aim of the building. All our concepts are based on evidence and are scientifically grounded. That is why we continue to pursue more research within our field and happily welcome our ninth industrial Ph.D. project.

    The university partners are DTU Management Engineering, DTU Compute, and MIT, that will host the student at their SENSeable City Lab for 6 months. The project is funded by Innovationsfonden in collaboration with Realdania. With the project, Krister Jens and Henning Larsen are enrolled in the Smart City program consisting of nine industrial researchers and conducted by BLOXHUB.

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