Speakers

Oslo Urban Arena invites speakers from all over the world. Get inspired by the worlds best innovators.


From New York: Araceli Camargo
Lab Director & Co-Founder The Centric

How do cities affect the life cycle of people?
– a biological approach


Araceli Camargo is an Indigenous American, Cognitive Neuroscientist and co-Founder of Centric Lab. She holds an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from King's College London, where she focused on the attention system. She has a keen interest in using neuroscience to understand more about the relationship between people and the physical environment. Her mission is to make habitats that are healthy, sustainable, and accessible. She has done work in London, New York, Rwanda and Peru.

From London: Fran Tonkiss
Professor of Sociology, and Deputy Head of Department London School of Economics

How can urban design tackle social and spatial inequalities?

Fran Tonkiss is an urban sociologist, based at the London School of Economics (LSE). Her work explores the social contexts and impacts of spatial design, and her books include Space, The City and Social TheoryCities by Design and Urban Inequalities (forthcoming). Her key concern is how urban design might tackle social and spatial inequalities, rather than building them deeper into cities.

From Toronto: Steven Turrell
Associate Director Development, Sidewalk Labs

Learning from Sidewalks Lab Toronto: What is our biggest takeaways so far?

Steven Turrell  is a Associate Director, Development, on the real estate team at Sidewalk Labs. Sidewalk Labs is designing a district in Toronto's Eastern Waterfront to tackle the challenges of urban growth, working in partnership with the tri-government agency Waterfront Toronto and the local community. This joint effort, called Sidewalk Toronto, aims to make Toronto the global hub for urban innovation and serve as a beacon for cities around the world.

 
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From Paris: Claire Flurin
R&D + Innovation Director, Keys Asset Management

Is Co-living the answer to affordable housing?

Claire is an urbanist, R&D and Innovation Director of Keys Asset Management, and founder of the non-profit organisation Co-Liv. With particular expertise in co-living and sustainable neighbourhoods, she develops UX design strategies for cities & buildings that enhance liveability and reconcile profit-driven real estate with the people-centric mindset of innovators. Flurin’s work goes beyond the ‘co-living’ phenomenon, which is often variants of apartment-hotels with shared functions, and puts the the concept in a broader context of cities can solve their challenges with affordable housing.

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From Gothenburg: Christine Olofsson
Chief of Sustainability, Älvstranden Utveckling AB

RiverCity Gothenburg - implementing social sustainability in 5 million m² 

Sometimes you have to cross the creek to fetch water. Unaffected by the big headlines here at home, Gothenburg develops 5 million square meters along the Göta River in the center of the city under the vision "River City". Unlike Oslo Fjordby, the municipality develops itself and actively uses the areas as a test bed for innovative solutions in all forms of sustainability, including participation, cheap housing. mobility and urban farming. Listen to Christine Olofsson’s talk from Älvstranden AB to talk about the Nordic region's largest urban development project.

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From Oslo: Nerja Macic
Chief Economist, Prognosesenteret

Sharing is not caring for Norwegians. Homeownership vs co-living.

Nejra is chief economist at Prognosesenteret, where she heads a team of five employees. She has both professional and personnel responsibility for this team, as well as responsibility for communicating the Prognosesenteret’s analyses in the media. She is responsible for the Prognosesenteret's analyses of the European property development markets and the macroeconomic assessments. In a very short time she have become a very important voice in the Norwegian real estate industry.