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The Very First House was a Wind Palisade

October 24, 2023 @ 9:30 - 16:00

DARE (Danish Network for Architecture & Urbanism Research) invites you to the research symposium: The Very First House was a Wind Palisade.

‘A building’ is a thing, while ‘to build’ is an action. To build a sustainable future, we must address both. At this second DARE symposium, ‘The very first house was a wind palisade…’, we bring together researchers and practitioners from across the Danish research and practice environments of architecture and urban studies, to discuss sustainable building practices, including aspects of material scarcity, growth and degrowth, forms of dwelling and forms of living with and through the non-human.

The aim is to deepen our understanding of the composite nature and temporal interrelation of buildings, the act of building, and the flows of materials, energy, capital, etc., that continuously situates circumscribes, and (re-)produce both. Through keynotes and discussions, the symposium unpacks the perspectives of both sustainable construction and the diverse activity of building and inhabitation – presently and historically.

This is the second symposium out of three exploratory forums for contemporary research in architecture, urban design, and landscape planning. It follows the first symposium, ‘Entangled Scales: Urban and Rural Interaction’. The third symposium, ‘The Power of Knowledge. Rights to Define Futures’ is planned for the autumn of 2024.



WELCOME / Thomas Bo Jensen and Maja de Neergaard


  • Peter Bertram, Associate Professor, The Royal Academy: Introducing the theme ‘The Very First House was a Wind Palisade…’
  • Henriette Steiner, Associate professor, University of Copenhagen: Between Passion and Possession: Women Architects and the Houses they built for Family, Love, and Work.
  • Lærke Sophie Keil, Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen: Rethinking the Concrete Landscape.
  • Simon Sjökvist, Ph.D. student, The Royal Academy, researches in expanded practices of reusing existing building stock.




  • Kemo Usto, Ph.D., Aalborg University: Tectonic Metabolism – Towards a Slow and Narrow Material Diet in the Built Environment.
  • Olga Popovic Larsen, Professor, The Royal Academy: Loadbearing Structures from Reclaimed Wood: Design Parameters, Strategies, and Reflections.
  • Markus Matthias Hudert, Assistant Professor, Aarhus University: Releasing the Knot: Spatio-temporal Aspects of Timber Construction.
  • Discussions


PLENUM DISCUSSION / Moderated by Nicolaj Tofte Brenniche, Chief of Research Administration, The Royal Academy



Please register for the symposium here:


October 24, 2023
9:30 - 16:00
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Fæstningens Materialgård, Frederiksholms Kanal 30
Copenhagen, 1220 Danmark