Henriette Steiner

Henriette Steiner


Henriette Steiner is Associate Professor at the Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning at the University of Copenhagen. She holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Cambridge, UK, and was Research Associate in the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich in Switzerland for five years. In 2018-19, she was visiting Associate Professor at the Department for Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for six months.

Henriette's research investigates the cultural role and meaning of architecture, cities and landscapes. It has been published widely in international books and journals. She is author of The Emergence of a Modern City: Golden Age Copenhagen 1800–1850 (Routledge, 2014) and has co-edited ten special journal issues and academic books. Her most recent book, co-written with Kristin Veel, is Tower To Tower: Gigantism in Architectural and Digital Culture (MIT Press, 2020).

Henriette is PhD Coordinator at the Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning. She leads the research project Women in Danish Architecture jointly with Svava Riesto. https://ign.ku.dk/english/women-in-danish-architecture/


Project website in English and Danish now up! Please check the website www.womenindanisharchitecture.dk for information and updates about our research project Women in Danish Architecture.

I will co-convene the PhD Course Architecture, Landscape and Gender at the Unviersity of Copenhagen in October and November 2021 - please enrol here: https://phdcourses.ku.dk/DetailKursus.aspx?id=108239&sitepath=NAT

New book with MIT Press out now!                                                             


About the book:

We are proud to present our new book Tower to Tower: Gigantism in Architecture and Digital Culture (MIT Press, 2020). The book offers a cultural history of gigantism in architecture and digital culture, from the Eiffel Tower to the World Trade Center. It charts changing manifestations and understandings of the West's cultural ambition to construct gigantic things: buildings, digital networks, academic theories, even our own self-perceptions. In doing so, it probes and problematises the bigness that is all around and within us – a bigness through which we think, act, and feel in the early 21st century.

Responses to the book: 

“Through selected modern constructions—the Eiffel tower, the Twin Towers, and One World Trade Center—Tower to Tower offers a fresh, deep, and illuminating probe into the ambition to build bigger buildings, networks, and theories. This book will benefit anyone looking critically into digital culture and the domination of big moves in contemporary design.” Anne Bordeleau, O'Donovan Director, Waterloo Architecture

“Through a skillful and beautiful analysis of seemingly iconic and familiar skyscrapers in Paris, New York, and Beijing, Tower to Tower is an atlas of new concepts and vocabularies to inspire more diverse, equitable, sustainable, and critical spatial practices for the future.” Orit Halpern, Associate Professor in Interactive Design and Theory at Concordia University

“Interrogating the industrial urban overgrowth in the shape of huge pointy sticks, the authors of this beautifully written book challenge our culture's desire for the proudly erect. In their interwoven reading of architecture and communication technology, they persuasively demonstrate that 'the digital' is not just a cloud but also a spike. In response, they offer a way of cutting down to size both our habits and habitats.” Joanna Zylinska, Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London; author of Nonhuman Photography

Undervisnings- og vejledningsområder

Current course responsibility on two BA courses Landskabsarkitekturens historie, nutid og fremtid and Skrive- og Projektværksted i landskabs- og bystudier.

Supervision of BA and MA theses.

Supervision of doctoral students:

Hongxia Pu. Project title:

The Emerging Horizontality of Desakota Urbanity In Hilly Regions in Southwest China

Kristen van Haeren. Project title:

Thickness of the Green – Another way of telling two Danish welfare landscapes (completed, 2020)

Natalie Koerner (KADK). Project title: 

Torwards the Meterological - The Architecture of Data Centres and the Cloud (completed, 2019)

Postdoctoral advisor for Maria Finn. Project Title:

Forgetful Nature (completed, 2020)


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