Anne Margrethe Wagner

Anne Margrethe Wagner

Tenure track adjunkt

Anne Margrethe Wagner is a trained architect and tenure track assistant professor at the Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning, University of Copenhagen. Anne has several years of experience from practice and research in urban planning and design with focus on urban transformation processes.


Anne’s scholarly work focuses on urban transformation processes and public outdoor space within contemporary urban planning and design practice. In particular, it considers temporary uses and short-term interventions in the context of redevelopment of urban spaces and landscapes, as a mean to reactivate and fuel and support meaningful urban life. She investigates urban interventions in relation to longer term planning strategies, as well as emerging performative properties and uses of urban space on everyday basis. Furthermore her research looks into design and planning methods relating to urban prototyping and co-design within collaborative urban practice.

Currently she is part of the research project Move the Neighbourhood, investigating the relation between co-design of urban public spaces and current planning and design paradigms. The live project is part of a larger research and development network (APEN) investigating the role of collaborative design practice in the creation of active and socially engaging urban spaces. Anne’s PhD, titled Permitted exceptions: Authorised Temporary Urban Spaces between Vision and Everyday explores current understandings and implementations of officially initiated temporary urban spaces in the context of transformation of urban space and landscapes.  It investigates the everyday life of short term urban re-use projects in the light of long term visions, and the possible ’in- between’ spatial practices emerging in the transition. The practice-based research is based on findings through involvement in transdisciplinary project developments, design processes and pilot projects, among others through the partner network of the EU Interreg project SEEDS, as well as other national and international studies. Anne’s work is based on both Danish and international involvements and case studies. She has lectured widely internationally, and co-organizes research seminars and conferences within the research area.


Anne has been part of the core teaching team of the course MSc Urban Intervention Studio since 2013, a course that is closely linked to the ongoing research on urban processes, temporary interventions and aims at developing analytical, conceptual and practical skills for addressing current planning and design challenges. Furthermore, she teaches at the first year studio ‘Plan and Design’, performs individual supervision and is a frequent lecturer and examiner on undergraduate and graduate level at KU and at other institutions. Anne has also been co-organizing international PhD courses within design research offered by the research group Landscape Architecture and Urbanism.  


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