Copenhagen Masterclass: A Public Life Study Program Increasing Pedestrianization, Mobility, Public Safety, and Street Activation

Funded by a grant from the Scan Design Foundation, the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict partnered with COurban to embark on a Masterclass program in Copenhagen and Malmö, traveling with a cohort of 14 intentionally selected participants. The program focused on creating a comprehensive framework that would result in the development and innovation of public life and space design improvements in Capitol Hill’s EcoDistrict.

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Apr 15, 2024

In the Footsteps of my Great-Grandfather

Scan Design Foundation sponsors the Danish intern exchange program at the Museum of Danish America for students from Denmark. Read this blog by Svend A. Buus, our fall 2023 intern:

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Dec 19, 2023

Students Learn Effective Transportation Methods That They Can Bring Back to the U.S.

Portland State University, the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation and Scan Design Foundation offer students a unique opportunity: a 2-week study abroad course that introduces students to stellar bike cultures. Read the full blog about the 2023 program here.

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Nov 07, 2023

Exploring the Greenland Ice Sheet with the University of Washington

Read this blog about two University of Washington programs in Greenland sponsored by Scan Design Foundation. SDF Program Officer, Line Larsen, writes about her experiences in Ilulissat with the students.

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Sep 27, 2023

Sustainable futures - Leave no one behind: The 2023 UIA Congress hosted by Copenhagen

Under the banner “Sustainable futures - Leave no one behind”, thousands of architects, urbanists, politicians, civil servants, developers, designers, students and others gathered for four immersive days at the UIA World Architecture congress in Copenhagen in July 2023. Read this blog from Bettina Werner for some key takeaways!

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Jul 11, 2023

Northwest Trolls: A Preamble

Coming this summer! We are thrilled to announce an exhibition by Danish environmental artist, Thomas Dambo - Northwest Trolls: Way of the Bird King. Thomas is building six giant whimsical trolls entirely from recycled materials around the Pacific Northwest. Read our new blog for an introduction to the project by Scan Design Foundation Program Officer, Line Liblik Larsen, followed by a piece about trolls by Dr. Ann-Charlotte Gavel Adams.

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Jun 17, 2023

SDF Artist Exchange in Denmark: Thomas Dambo and the Muckleshoot Tribe

John Halliday, Muckleshoot tribal member, was selected by the tribal council to represent Muckleshoot art and culture in an artistic exchange with Denmark’s artist Thomas Dambo, sponsored by Scan Design Foundation.

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May 17, 2023

Designing Cities for People on Bikes: Personal Experiences from Denmark and the Netherlands – 2022

Cities are classrooms in this unique study abroad course organized by the University of Oregon. Scan Design Foundation funded the 2022 Sustainable Transportation Study Abroad Course in Denmark. Read more about the 2022 program in this blog by Rebecca Lewis and Nick Meltzer:

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Apr 22, 2023

UW students explore Greenland and Denmark to learn about changes in Arctic ice and climate

14 University of Washington students are traveling to Greenland during summer 2023 to participate in the Scan Design Foundation sponsored program, "Impacts and Responses to Changes in Arctic Ice and Climate", to explore how changes in ice impacts the Arctic environment and the people living in the Arctic. Read more about the program in this blog by Research Associate Professor, Michelle Koutnik:

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Feb 23, 2023

Transportation Students Get Firsthand Look at Multimodal Travel in Denmark and Sweden

A group of nine transportation students traveled to Denmark and Sweden during the summer of 2022 to participate in the Portland State University (PSU) Sustainable Transportation Study Abroad Program partially funded by Scan Design Foundation. Through the program, the students met with planners and engineers and experienced the transportation systems in Copenhagen and Stockholm.

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Dec 31, 2022

It Takes a Village (And a Bunch of Norwegians)

Anders Jørgensen is in the Scan Design Foundation Danish Intern Exchange Program at the Museum of Danish America during the second half of 2022. Read his blog about his trip across Iowa as a Danish intern to interview people who have impacted the Museum.

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Nov 03, 2022

Denmark Inspiration: An Urban Planner's Reflections on Denmark

Enjoy this selection of blog posts by Robert Spurlock, a professional urban planner in Oregon, who participated in the 2022 SDF-funded University of Oregon Bicycle Study Abroad Program in Denmark and the Netherlands. Robert Spurlock is the Regional Trails Planner for Oregon Metro.

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Aug 23, 2022

UW Honors and iSchool in Copenhagen: Culture, Colonialism and Why Public Art Matters

17 Students are embarking on a trip to Denmark for a 2022 summer program to explore public art, culture, and colonialism. Read more about the program in this blog.

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Aug 16, 2022

The 110th Rebildfest in Denmark

Read about the 110th anniversary of the Rebildfest in Denmark. Queen Margrethe II attended as the guest of honor. This blog is available in both English and Danish.

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Jul 04, 2022

Rebild Festival: The Avenue of Flags

Learn about the history of the Rebild Festival and the Rebild Bakker flags in Denmark. In July 2022, for the 110th anniversary of the festival, new state flags will line the "Avenue of Flags", courtesy of Scan Design Foundation.

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Apr 06, 2022

The University of Washington Furniture Studio

2020 was a year that shifted how we did most things. This was no different for Associate Professor Kimo Griggs and his Furniture Studio, sponsored by the Scan Design Foundation in the University of Washington College of Built Environments. Read more.

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Feb 09, 2022

Interns Tour the Coast

In November 2021, three University of Washington Scan Design Foundation Landscape Architecture interns went on an adventurous trip along Denmark's West Coast. Read their blog about the highlights of their trip!

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Dec 09, 2021

Adventures in Iowa

Frederikke Lund Theodorsen shares her experiences in the Scan Design Foundation Danish exchange internship program at the Museum of Danish America.

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Dec 07, 2021

Scan Design Foundation and the University of Washington: Retrospective

Scan Design Foundation began a long and rewarding partnership with the University of Washington in 2004. Together we have created and funded a variety of programs for students to learn about and travel to Denmark and for Danes to learn about and travel to the U.S. This year, recognizing $10 Million in grants over the years, the UW awarded Presidential Laureate status to the Foundation.

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Dec 03, 2021

Lessons from Denmark - Action At Home

With the support of Scan Design Foundation, hundreds of elected officials, city planners and bicycle planners from the Pacific Northwest have been able to experience world class bicycle infrastructure for themselves on i-SUSTAIN study tours to Denmark. Joined with local business leaders and NGO executive directors, this has led to continually improving bicycle structure in the PNW region.

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Sep 24, 2021

Advancing Research to Treat Pain

Since 2005, Scan Design Foundation has supported innovative pain research by UW Medicine. In this blog, three UW researchers who were this year's Scan Design Foundation award recipients, Dr. David Marcus, Dr. Jay Parrish and Dr. Jia Zhu, are interviewed by Dr. Tonya Palermo from UW Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine.

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Aug 17, 2021

Capitol Hill Public Life: How can public spaces better create connection, support public health, and promote environmental resilience for everyone?

Scan Design Foundation partners with COurban to create custom Masterclass programs with hands-on learning in Copenhagen, Denmark. In the 2019 program, participants visit Copenhagen and Malmö, Sweden to study world-renowned public spaces and bring home inspiration and actionable strategies to the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict.

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May 31, 2021

Lessons from Denmark, Action at Home

As a long-standing partner of Scan Design Foundation, i-SUSTAIN, a Seattle-based firm specializing in urban sustainability, has actively been working to bring best practices in sustainability from Denmark to the U.S.

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Apr 19, 2021

Danish Design Lecture Series

A virtual lecture series on Danish Design by the UW College of Built Environments is now available online. The series is from a course funded by Scan Design Foundation in Autumn 2020. Some of the most innovative Danish architects, landscape architects, and furniture designers in Denmark today are featured in the series.

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Mar 08, 2021

Scan Design Foundation: Genesis and the Early Years

Scan Design Foundation was created by Inger and Jens Bruun to foster and support Danish-American Relations and to provide financial support for pain research.

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Feb 01, 2021

Scan Design Foundation Announces Latest Cycle of Grants

Awarding a total of $2,400,000 to a dozen grantees this investment will provide critical support for US-based non-profit organizations and academic programs to continue the exchange between Denmark and the US.

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Jan 11, 2021

KD i DK - Krista Doersch in Denmark

When I returned to Copenhagen again this August for the ScanDesign internship, I looked up the Københavns Roklub (KR) and asked if I could join.

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Nov 30, 2020

Student life – Fall 2020 UW Madison

All in all, it is a semester that is very different from what I had hoped for. This is not necessarily a bad thing. I am in the epicenter of the corona infection, in the midst of an unparalleled election and a movement for racial justice.

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Oct 13, 2020

A Fall Update

As I write this from my home in Seattle, WA. in mid-September, I’m reflecting on this year of restricted movements, where I’ve rarely left my neighborhood zip code, let alone travel across the Atlantic to Denmark. Seven months into this global pandemic, we are now in the waning days of summer and fall is fast approaching.

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Sep 15, 2020