8 80 Study Tour


Project Objective

Our objective is to explore in-depth what it takes to build one of the happiest, healthiest, and most engaged cities in the world.

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  • Date: 2014-2017
  • City: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Partners: City of Copenhagen, Gehl Architects, COBE Architects, State of Green, Rambøll
  • Funding provided by: Knight Foundation

8 80 Cities curates a week of engaging lectures, planning workshops, and walking and cycling tours featuring some of Copenhagen’s best and brightest urbanists.

“It was an outstanding experience I would recommend of any city leader, particularly mayors. Participating in this study tour presented me with the luxury of thinking outside the box for an entire week.” – Mayor Jeri Muoio, Mayor of West Palm Beach, Florida, 2015 cohort

880 Study Tour participants, all influential decision-makers from across the US, return to their home cities re-energized, fresh with new ideas, approaches, and commitments to transform their cities into places where public life can thrive.

8 80 Copenhagen Study Tour

“My brief trip in Copenhagen has left me a changed person. The leadership of both the Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities put together an experience that no American City leader can ignore. We must embrace to a greater extent our livability, mobility and the way we share our public spaces.” – Pat West, City Manager of the City of Long Beach, California, 2015 cohort

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