Case #1: Activation of Kolding creek – Business Group Kolding

Area development and unifying city life.


Through the centre of Kolding runs the creek ‘Kolding å’.  Used in earlier times as a means to dispose rubbish the river has always divided the city into two distinct parts. Today the river holds a renewed value and significance for the city’s population, yet its full potential has never been truly capitalised upon. Obstacles include the many buildings that are positioned facing away from the river’s stream and the several parking lots that are located directly on its banks. There are several oases to be found along the river, but their qualities have neither been recognised or revered by local residents…until now! The oases and their qualities should be acknowledged and promoted in relation to one another and the city’s two distinct parts.

Kolding creek should be activated to become the city’s lifeblood and unite the city’s two parts. Acting as Kolding’s unifier, how can the river become a unique and coherent recreation area for all citizens?

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Lab Facilitator

This year, the Innovation Labs will be lead by four international professional facilitators from the Institute without Boundaries (IwB), based in Toronto. The IwB employs and trains professionals and postgraduate students from various disciplines. As a top design training and research centre, the IwB is committed to collaborative and interdisciplinary design practice, in order to create innovative local solutions to 21st century global challenges.

Elise Hudson, Chair, School of Design, George Brown College

As Chair of the School of Design at George Brown College, Elise oversees nine programs related to graphic, interaction and game design, as well as design management and strategy. She has Master’s degrees in museum studies from the University of Toronto, and design history and material culture from the Bard Graduate Center in New York. She is writing a PhD about contemporary product design and issues of globalization, mapping the production, circulation and consumption of everyday consumer goods to reveal complex design processes and the division of creative labour. Elise has been engaged in design and education for over 15 years through her work in museums, colleges and universities. She was Director of Exhibitions and Associate Curator at the Design Exchange, Canada’s national design museum for eight years. At the Institute without Boundaries, Elise was Program Coordinator and faculty for the Interdisciplinary Design Strategy post-graduate program, and later organized exhibitions and events. This included charrettes in Dublin, New York and Milan, as well as a multi-year project on sustainable transportation resulting in a 200-person charrette and 8,000 square-foot multi-media exhibition. Elise is collaborating with Interaction Design students and faculty on a three-year project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to co-create a digital application with youth-at-risk on the topic of holistic crisis planning.

Advisory Board

Based on relevant academic or practice-based experiences, an interdisciplinary group of experts is connected to each lab, with the purpose of guiding and inspiring the focus and work of the participants. Advisors will join the lab on-site during 1-3 sessions, where they will give direct feedback on ideas and work in progress, presented by participants.

Søren Nielsen

Søren Nielsen

Owner, Tegnestuen Mejeriet
Thit Juul Madsen

Thit Juul Madsen

CEO, Design to innovate (D2i)

Martin Haselbach

Vice Head of Unit SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering

Torben Gade

Project Manager, Kolding Municipality

Thomas Thinghuus

Landscape architect, Kolding Municipality

Bent Bruun


Tommy Toft

Owner & Director at Form3

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