Project Highlights

Designing the Green Bridge of Copenhagen

Air pollution is currently a problem for Copenhagen, particularly at Langebro and the roads leading to it. To combat this problem, environmental organizations, including Miljøpunkt Amager, have conceptualized a greater potential green strip for Copenhagen in the hopes of reducing traffic and naturally absorbing air pollutants from vehicles.Through the use of interviews and street surveys, this project explored the balance between the city’s political and public preferences for green spaces in order to create a surface design for, and web page to promote, the potential Langebro section of the larger green strip. Years after this project’s completion, government officials and environmental organizations have continued the conversations brought on by this project.

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Bicycle Parking in the Narrow Streets of Copenhagen

This project, focused on optimizing bicycle parking in Inner City Copenhagen, specifically on the narrow street of Studiestræde. The habits of cyclists, the opinions of shop owners, pedestrians, and cyclists, and data gathered through observation and experiments all contributed to the generation of a Pugh Matrix detailing bicycle removal recommendations. This project led to the discovery that many bikes were parked and abandoned on Studiestræde. By removing these bikes, the condition of bicycle parking greatly improved.

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Raising Awareness of the Internet of Green Things

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This project aimed to assist Green Tech Challenge in raising public awareness of the potential of the Internet of Things for energy savings and other environmental benefits. In order to achieve this goal, an educational event in the form of a festival was developed in coordination with Green Tech Challenge, green startups, and sponsors. The effectiveness of the event was evaluated as a means of raising awareness of the Internet of Things. Through interviews and surveys with attendees, it was determined that the festival was an effective method to raise public awareness of the green applications of the Internet of Things.

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Benefits of Partial Road Closures

In October 2008 the Copenhagen municipality and Miljoepunkt Noerrebro (Agenda 21) began experimental road segment closures on Noerrebrogade. The goal of this project was to investigate changes in quality of life that have resulted from the closures. The team concluded that traffic, pollution, and noise were reduced. Perceived safety was increased and the atmosphere became calmer on Noerrebrogade. Some businesses were negatively impacted by the closure. Overall, the closures have positively affected the health-related quality of life on Noerrebrogade.

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Assessing Self-Rehabilitation Strategies for the Visually Impaired in Denmark

Self-rehabilitation technology has been developed to reduce healthcare costs and provide a convenient, reliable method for patients to recover from a physical injury. Sponsored by the Danish Association of the Blind, the following report summarizes a project exploring self-rehabilitation technologies that can accommodate blind or visually impaired patients. Potential strategies to increase awareness of such devices throughout municipalities in Denmark were evaluated as well. The data collected in this project were used to recommend that the Danish Association of the Blind advocates for further development of several rehabilitation technologies and the education of healthcare professionals about these technologies throughout Danish municipalities.

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Textiles: From Waste to Resources in Denmark

This project, organized by the Danish Waste Association (Dansk Affaldsforening), will discuss discarded textiles as a valuable resource for organizations in Denmark. We strived to reduce the environmental footprint of textiles by increasing the collection and subsequent reuse, and where not possible, recycling of used textiles through optimizing textile collection methods and cooperation between stakeholders of humanitarian organizations and municipalities. We will assess: 1) current reuse and recycling systems, 2) compare strategies among different organizations, and 3) facilitate cooperation through workshops.

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Peter H. Hansen
Peter H. Hansen

Peter Hansen is professor of History and Director of International and Global Studies at WPI. He has advised in the global program for 25 years.