When we come to help you improve your city, we don’t come out of nowhere.
UBLA is based is Copenhagen, Denmark and there is no doubt, that we are a product of our city.
Repeatedly proclaimed the most liveable city in the world — and the capital of the happiest nation on the planet, Copenhagen has done a lot of things right in the past decades.
Not bad for a city who endures many months of wind, rain and cold before it is finally allowed to show its true colours around the first of May each year.
Quick to abandon the worst ills of modernism, Copenhagen has pursued a people-first strategy for a very long time. From the world’s first transformation of a major street to a pedestrian-only safe haven in 1962 to its world-famous, and seemingly endless, bicycle lanes, Copenhagen knows how to cater to its sons and daughters.
As a result, Copenhageners are generally happy, safe, friendly, industrious and proud of their city.
Most liveable City // Monocle Magazine
Happiest nations on Earth // U.N. (SDSN) World Happiness Report
Charles Montgomery in ‘Happy City’
Spaces that engage
When we visit your city, we view it with an ambition to create spaces and structures that will generate the same sentiment. Urban design and architecture that will make the people of your city want to engage with their built environment.
We do this by analysing the context of any space we are involved in. Not just the data, but also its history and its culture — and the goals, dreams and aspirations of the people who use, or will use, the space.
Once we have fully understood this, we sit down and apply our set of tools to generate scenarios and determine how these would affect a variety of parameters, such as perceived safety, traffic flow, beauty, liveability and trade.
Each assignment is different, but our designs are always accompanied by visualisations that make it easy to comprehend how any new structure(s) would affect the space in question — and the surrounding city.
For the here and now — and for the future city
And no, we are not just exporting Copenhagen. The capital of Denmark has made many errors too, and not everybody is walking around in a perpetual state of bliss. There is work to be done there as well, and our team has travelled to, worked in, and lived in, dozens of cities around the world to learn the best from each.
Neither are we coming simply to pedestrianise everything. Although cars need to exist on the terms of their inventors, of people, they are a very useful tool for a lot of those same people. Of the car’s three major ills: noise, pollution and danger to walkers, two could be removed in a matter of years — once battery technology and infrastructure allow the electric car to take over the domain of the combustion engine.
This sums it up, really. We need to create cities that improve the quality of life here and now — but at the same time look to the future and balance the needs of the entire city.
And that is what we do.
Our core design principles
Our design services
We design urban structures and spaces — or start out by supplying you with a catalogue of ideas for the future of a given space
Cyclism? Mixed-use? Connecting spaces? Small improvements? We will take a strategic look at your city and offer inspiration for future plans.