AoU Congress 2017 – Aarhus

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AoU Congress 2017 – Aarhus

September 14 - September 17

A New Culture of Urbanism

The way we plan, design, animate and experience our towns and cities, their centres and neighbourhoods, is now rather different from those rational modernist approaches employed in the middle of the 20th century.

A new post-industrial culture of city placemaking is emerging globally in the 21st century, with diverse strategies and applications in technology and infrastructure, movement and health, creativity and engagement, leadership and trust – to say nothing of the recalibration of hardware and software components and who directs these.

Some of the greatest shifts have been taking place in long-established cities undergoing a re-purposing of their contemporary role and future relevance. From Malmö to Manchester, Melbourne to Montpellier, the change has been markedly transformational over these last 20 years.

Where better to immerse oneself in this cultural shift towards progressive urbanism than in the exemplar Danish City of Aarhus, European Capital of Culture 2017.

We are holding the 12th Annual Congress between 14-17 September, alongside the City Festival and major counterpart events run by the City and our colleagues at Nordic City Network. There will be Danish and international speakers, site visits, hands-on sessions, an urbanists dinner, and an audience with Jan Gehl.

This promises to be an engaging, inspiring, and hugely memorable Congress of international urbanists, drawn from many backgrounds, but with a contemporary, distinctively Nordic feel.

If you go to no other training event this year – come to AoU Congress in Aarhus, it will change the way you think and feel about cities.

Book now to avoid disappointment and make savings.

Outline Programme

(The programme and times may be subject to change – regular updates will be available on the website)

Day One – Thursday 14 September 17:00 – 20:00
Registration and Opening Drinks Reception

Day Two – Friday 15 September 08:00 – 20:00
Learning from Aarhus, including presentations, city centre walkabouts, visits to the waterfront and trips to surrounding neighbourhoods

Day Three – Saturday 16 September 08:00 – Late
AoU International Congress + Dinner

Day Four – Sunday 17 September 09:00 – 11:30
Monocle Hosted, “In Conversation With…..”


Spread over 4 days, Congress is open to all, including Academicians, Young Urbanists, Friends as well as those who are not members of the Academy.

Early Bird Tickets now on Sale until 31 May 2017

Ticket Academician Young Urbanist Friend Non-Member
Full Congress* £220 £120 £260 £280
Day Ticket** £130 £80 £160 £180

Prices are quoted excluding VAT which will be charged at the prevailing rate and added to the total when booking.

*Full Congress includes the Congress Dinner
**Day Ticket does not include the Congress Dinner


There are daily flights to Copenhagen from Edinburgh and Dublin and direct flights to Aarhus from Stansted. There are also flights from other UK and Irish airports travelling via Copenhagen, Billund and Aalborg with connections by road or rail.


Aarhus has accommodation ranging from large hotels to inns, to suit any need in terms of price, location and facilities. You can find more information on hotels in Aarhus at

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