Lars Ostenfeld Riemann
Group Director for Buildings & Design at Ramboll Group
Lecture: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
5:30pm - TBAG Gallery, Architecture Building
Lecture Title: "Livable Cities, a Nordic approach"
Ramboll is a leading engineering, design and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. With more than 11,000 experts and 200 offices in 22 countries the company has a significant presence in Northen Europe, India and the Middle East. Ramboll has played a key role in decarbonising Denmark both in terms of transforming the energy sector and by minimizing the use of energy in the Danish building stock. Lars is drawing on his 15 years of design experience as well as his business skills when developing and evaluating the feasibility of solutions. This has resulted in strategies for transforming cities into carbon free communities without burdening public budgets.
Lars Ostenfeld Riemann has a broad experience within urban development: setting up and leading the internal Ramboll Masterplanning Network, as initiator of Ramboll’s city approach and as Member of Ramboll’s Liveable City Board. The Board is providing overall direction for Ramboll’s Liveable City Lab and through its debates it helps develop new implementable tools and solutions.
Having managed and designed projects in more than 20 countries Lars is passionate about meeting the challenges of climate changes and lack of resources and has a remarkable insight and understanding of the importance of a project’s local context. Lars is a structural engineer by education but has in his job developed his skills in many other disciplines and has delivered several talks at international conferences focusing on sustainable urban development, liveability, energy efficiency etc.
The strategies of Chicago Lakeside Development for energy, water, waste and sustainability is, among others, one of the projects Lars currently helps developing. This major brown field development south of Chicago has the ambition of being the most sustainable neighborhood in the US. It will bring a whole new lifestyle to the US and it will be a role model for future developments.