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Open Call: Drawing of the Year 2015

Aarhus School of Architecture, schmidt hammer lassen architects, VOLA, and the Danish Arts Foundation have announced their collaborative competition, entitled Drawing of the Year 2015, which calls for imaginative student drawings, and aims to “celebrate the oldest tool of architects.”

Students worldwide are invited to submit drawings “that inspire, communicate, and engage” with the theme of Sustainability Through Architecture. Thus, drawings “should focus on sustainability and architecture’s ambition to take an active part in the change of our society,” and “should address architecture’s ability to contribute to a sustainable environment on all scales—concepts, utopias, buildings, landscapes, and cities.”

VIA University College Aarhus City / Arkitema Architects

  • Architects: Arkitema Architects
  • Location: Aarhus, Denmark
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Niels Nygaard

© Niels Nygaard © Niels Nygaard © Niels Nygaard © Niels Nygaard

Exhibition: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Master's Programme in Art and Architecture

Work from the Master's programme in Art and Architecture The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture 2012-2015

DDS Søndermarken / Sophus Søbye Architects

  • Architects: Sophus Søbye Architects
  • Location: Bag Søndermarken, 2500 København, Denmark
  • Project Team: Sophus Søbye, David Vega y Rojo, Martin Freeman, Maria del Mar Freire Morales
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Jens Larsen , Rasmus Hjortshøj

© Rasmus Hjortshøj © Rasmus Hjortshøj © Jens Larsen © Jens Larsen

aarhus Designs Revolutionary Proton Therapy Center for Denmark

Danish practice aarhus architects has won a competition to design the new Proton Therapy Centre for advanced cancer treatment in Aarhus, Denmark. As “the most advanced radiation center to date and the only one of its kind in Denmark,” as well as one of only a few in the world, the Centre will undoubtedly become a pioneer in cancer treatment.

Designed from the inside out, the building’s façades are meant to convey the function of the interior, “and tell the story of precision, which is they key component of proton therapy as a form of treatment,” according to the architects. Thus, the atrium of the building becomes central to its orientation, providing not only an axis, but also a source of natural lighting.

Exhibition: What Moves Us? Le Corbusier & Asger Jorn in Art and Architecture

What moves us humans, physically and emotionally? This is the theme explored by the protagonist of modern architecture Le Corbusier (1887-1965) as well as by the great Danish artist Asger Jorn (1914-1973) in their architecture, art and writings. With the exhibition What moves us? Le Corbusier & Asger Jorn, Museum Jorn brings the two artists and thinkers who both wanted to change the world together again.

Diébédo Francis Kéré: "Architecture is About People"

On the Louisiana Channel's latest installment, Burkinabé architect Diébédo Francis Kéré discusses his "Canopy" installation, currently on view at the Louisiana Museum in Denmark, and shares thoughts on the impact of architecture. Designed with a sense of freedom that encourages users to interact with the installation as they wish, Kere's Canopy serves as a flexible gathering space within the museum that is reminiscent of "AFRICA." 

“They’re free to use the space like they behave, like they feel," says Kere. "Architecture is about people."

Library and Culture Centre / Primus Architects

  • Architects: Primus Architects
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Collaborators: Rytter A/S, JPM engineering, GHB Landscape architects
  • Area: 2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Primus Architects

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The Orangery / Lenschow & Pihlmann + Mikael Stenström

© Hampus Berndtson © Hampus Berndtson © Hampus Berndtson © Hampus Berndtson

Around Pavilion / Christiansen Andersen

  • Architects: Christiansen Andersen
  • Location: Gothersgade 11, 1123 København K, Denmark
  • Architect in Charge: Mikkel Kjærgård Christiansen, Jesper Kort Andersen
  • Photographs: Hampus Berndtson

© Hampus Berndtson © Hampus Berndtson © Hampus Berndtson © Hampus Berndtson

AA Visiting School: Aarhus

This summer the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) will be hosting a 10-day workshop in Aarhus, Denmark. The programme, which is a part of the AA's Visiting School Programme focuses on the role of digital fabrication in design by exploring patterns in complex geometries as a response to lighting conditions. The event is scheduled to take place between August 21-30, 2015.

Bjarke Ingels: "Denmark Has Become an Entire Country Made Out of LEGO®"

"In a matter of speaking, Denmark has become an entire country made out of LEGO®," says Bjarke Ingels. Speaking of the importance of prefab in Denmark and how LEGO® inspired his first BIG project - the "LEGO® Towers," which ultimately landed him a commission to design the LEGO® House - Bjarke Ingels discusses his favorite childhood toy and how it has helped him become a better architect.

The clip is part of the documentary, A LEGO Brickumentary which will hit theaters July 31. 

RISING Architecture Week in Copenhagen

From the 15th to the 18th September 2015, Copenhagen will play host to the international RISING Architecture Week. For four days the city will turn into a sizzling melting pot of over fifty events, site visits, bicycle tours and debates throughout the city.

Among these events is a two-day conference where 500 professionals and visionaries meet to exchange ideas and discuss the theme Growing Cities. The conference has a venue for speaks, debates and interviews, and another venue for workshops, networking and innovation labs. "RISING gathers a very big, international audience of architects, developers and city planners, which gives professionals a unique opportunity to develop and exchange ideas across borders. I’m very much looking forward to participate in RISING this September," says Sergey Kuznetsov, City Chief Architect of Moscow and keynote speaker at RISING.

Exhibition: AFRICA at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The exhibition AFRICA is the third and last in the series architecture, culture and identity. It focuses on the area called sub-Saharan Africa – the part of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Louisiana’s wish to mount this exhibition has its origin in a very simple observation: despite the fact that Africa is the world’s second-largest continent, surprisingly little contemporary culture from there comes our way.