Watercolor of European magpie - art by Frits Ahlefeldt

The European Magpie – Watercolor study of one of the most intelligent birds on the planet

Drawing of a local place sign with church, bar, park cafe etc. and two people sitting under it with smartphones and a hiker watching. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Ever walked into a small town or village and wondered where all the locals are? – I think I know… they are online

Walking along the coast is a great way to get the kids offline and to relate both to each other and to the landscape

The classic silo mentality is something many of us try to battle, but these defense towers like structures are more incorporated into our mindsets than we like to imagine and before we know it, we’re back in the silo

Creating networks and open innovation along the coastline is key to find ways to support the thrive of local communities and biodiversity, and help us all face local and global challenges like sea level rise and pollution

Seeing places in different ways – sketch of three different types of visitors – The Outdoor type, The cultural Type and the Eating Type

Space is not only created in what we can feel and see, but more than we realize – also in sounds

Understandings of the coastline do not need to stop at the surface of the water – Seeing things under the water can create whole new levels of experiences and knowledge

Locals view their places very different from how visitors view the same landscapes – Often we forget these differences

Sometimes local communities find ways to use smartphones, apps and maps to find ways to connect and be together in better ways, that both support interaction, builds trust and protects biodiversity

Group of similar looking men and women asking them questions about their barbecue. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

Interactions are creating reality in the most complicated ways. Something as simple as a barbecue evening is full of complicated relationships, hierarchies and rituals

Frits Ahlefeldt sketch of a a young Zapiro back in the 1980's in his car entering the military area with a Release Nelson Mandela sticker on his car

Logbook 4. Jan. The world famous cartoonist Zapiro came to Copenhagen, I went with my sketchpad, to hear him talk about doing cartoons since the 1980s – And the challenges to it

Illustration of high waves approaching a city – People looking out of windows saying “we are not ready ”

Illustration of a community working together to stop their town from being flooded by water – texted and non texted version

Construction machines making their way to build coastal barriers and a lady standing on the beach worried about the looks of it

Drawing of a man sitting up in an apartment fishing from the balcony

Drawing of a man with smartphone on the beach while houses are flooded around him

Building made to be resistant against flooding and sea level rise

Idea for way to combine walls against rising seas with harvesting electrical energy from waves

Drawing of a hiker walking along a coast trail at sunset