CiTyBee Business card

What would be the perfect business card for a “Business” that wants to combine a  high tech and hands on approach?

A NGO that seeks to unleash local resources?

Somebody who likes honey – don’t know why?

So you guessed it: a small bottle of honey with a QR code that leads to this page.

The honey is produced by the bees of the beekeeper Svend Grønlund in Hedehusene. If you liked it you can contact him here svend at

If you want to get in touch with us go to this contact page 

CiTyBee Workshop

We have during the years – also back with Supertanker – developed workshop formats that would give students a hands on experience in a local community while at the same time that community would benefit from the ideas and actions of the students.

Our goal is to develop open ended, interactive skills for the individuation of urban issues. With focus on the active involvement of locals through spatial and visible interactions. The workshop has a flexible format and can be stretched from the intensive 2 weeks that is described in the presentation to a longer period of time.

Read the presentation here

See photos from our last workshop with danish students here

See the movie the students made to present the workshop here

Read the Zine that the students published here

Screen dump workshop

Screen dump workshop2


Most of our activities were documented with video. We used a modified iPhone setup which was handy and discrete, but despite using a good mic our sound quality was never very good.

Some of the video material was roughly edited and uploaded to our Vimeo site. Stickers with QR codes led to a Google Map where points on the map would link to the relevant video about that place.




We have used mapping as a tool in our work in many different ways, first with Supertanker and now with CiTyBee. Read more about the background for how we work with mapping here

In our prototype in Hedehusene in 2012 we used no high tech GPS or smartphones. Even though we would like to do that, we think that mapping starts  with just being in public space using the best sensor for the rich sensory and emotional diversity of the city: ourselves and our senses.

We do 1 : 1 Mapping, Street Map and Patterns of Possibilities

1 : 1 Mapping

Our Street tool Box is an important instrument in our 1:1 mapping. It allows us to get around and be in public space, talk to local people and start to map the space through narratives and dialogue.


The mapping became both a way of documenting stories “in about urban spaces” but it also allowed us to meet the people on their “home turf”, giving importance to a particular space. Many of the people that we met through this interaction would later go on to being involved in future dialogue and offshoots.


By instantly putting up new signs or “Street Whiteboards” we would create a 1:1 map that documented the dreams, needs and interests for that space.


With the new signs and the Street Kitchen we also want to create a situation that shows how a space can be taken or appropriated in order to inspire people to dream of other ways this space could be.


Street Map

We use a big transportable map that can be moved around and stickers that function in a similar way to the “Street Whiteboards”.


The Street Map became a feature on the monthly market in Hedehusene. It was a popular occasion for people to tell stories and point out the places related to the stories. Again the stickers are used to immediately document what has been said and encourage those who arrive later to react on what has been said earlier.


Patterns of Possibilities

By the time of the first public meeting the map has become quite full with keywords that document the many stories. (This is where technology might come in handy)


The map shows how many views and stories different places have and that these stories often see the same place in different ways. The map visualises the many different voices of the community and most importantly gives people a way of acknowledging these other voices. This gives a more nuanced and constructive discussion based on a better mutual understanding…hence a dialogue is created!!!


People are given little blue stickers to mark what they think is important. The result is that “Patterns of Possibilities” start to emerge on the map showing the important areas and themes. This is the starting point for the rest of the public meeting that will look at what to focus on and how to act on it. Finally the new ideas and suggestions are documented on the map.


Power Tools


In order to make some quick prototypes we have a selection of cordless power tools – mostly various Hammer Driver-Drills but also a wonderful cordless Recipro Saw. Our aim is to get the batteries recharged with solar panels in the near future.




Kia from Helsinki built 9 benches for a public meeting in one day!


Amel brought his own tools to speed things up.



Urban Mapping – Helsinki 2012

We were invited to Helsinki in april 2012 to talk about Supertanker as a part of the exhibition “Shorelines” (which again was a part of Helsinki being the “World Design Capital”) It was a good opportunity to go back and reflect on our early work in Supertanker – based in and focused on the Copenhagen Harbour.




Jens has worked with methods to free the possibilities of the city for many years. He is co-founder of Supertanker and the latest initiative is CiTyBee that we prototyped in 2012 in Hedehusene. The result here is several new local initiatives or offshoots, as we like to call it. He is a trained as an architect, but has also worked with visual arts and theater.

He’s very fond of “the local” as the starting point to discuss the city’s dynamics in different contexts. If he was not in Hedehusene in 2012, he was in Oslo, Helsinki, Vienna, Venice or Paris to present CiTyBee and discuss the possibilities of the city. Read more on the personal blog: Urbanizit

Contact Jens by using the form below:

Local Interaction Sketches

Here you can see some of the sketches from the workshop. Many of them have become reality in the meantime. In the Social Housing area we choose to renovate an old Cirkuswagon that became an icon for that project. For CiTyBee we choose a more mobile Street Kitchen which in some ways resembles the “Peacock” in some of the sketches.