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Jan Gehl's 5 Rules for Designing Great Cities

08:00 - 16 December, 2016
Jan Gehl's 5 Rules for Designing Great Cities, Copenhagen, Denmark. Image © Flickr User: Forgemind ArchiMedia. License CC BY 2.0
Copenhagen, Denmark. Image © Flickr User: Forgemind ArchiMedia. License CC BY 2.0

Danish architect Jan Gehl is a world renowned expert in all things related to urban design and public spaces. He obtained this expertise by publishing numerous books, and later, from his consulting firm Gehl Architects that he founded in Copenhagen, his hometown, to make cities for people. The firm celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016.

SOM's "Alternative Christmas Tree" Rises at Utzon Center in Denmark

16:00 - 8 December, 2016
SOM's "Alternative Christmas Tree" Rises at Utzon Center in Denmark, © 2016 Allan Toft
© 2016 Allan Toft

An “alternative Christmas tree” designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) has been erected in the courtyard of the Utzon Center, coinciding with SOM’s current exhibition, ‘Sky’s the Limit’. Located on the waterfront in Aalborg, Denmark, the Utzon Center was the last project to be designed by the center’s namesake, renowned Danish architect Jørn Utzon.

© 2016 Allan Toft © 2016 Allan Toft © 2016 Allan Toft © 2016 Allan Toft +18

Bêka and Lemoine's Documentary Film on BIG's "8 House" To Be Screened Exclusively on ArchDaily

18:00 - 28 November, 2016

Filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, creators of the Living Architectures seminal collection of films on architecture, will screen The Infinite Happinessshot entirely in Copenhagen's "8 House" designed by BIGexclusively on ArchDaily from Friday, December 2 until Sunday, December 4.

Marking the forthcoming release of two DVD box-sets of their entire œuvre (which was acquired by New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2016) Bêka and Lemoine have, over the course of the Living Architectures project, developed films about and in collaboration with the likes of the Barbican in London, the Fondazione Prada, La Biennale di Venezia, Frank Gehry, Bjarke Ingels, the City of Bordeaux, the Arc en Rêve centre d’architecture, and more. Their goal in this has always been to "democratize the highbrow language of architectural criticism. [...] Free speech on the topic of architecture," Bêka has said, "is not the exclusive property of experts." Their first film, Koolhaas Houselife (2008), has come to embody this unique approach.

Watch The Infinite Happiness on ArchDaily here from December 2 1800GMT.

© Bêka & Partners © Bêka & Partners © Bêka & Partners © Bêka & Partners +5

Sonnesgade 11 / SLETH architects

02:00 - 25 November, 2016
Sonnesgade 11 / SLETH architects, © Rasmus Hjortshøj / C O A S T
© Rasmus Hjortshøj / C O A S T

© Rasmus Hjortshøj / C O A S T © Rasmus Hjortshøj / C O A S T © Rasmus Hjortshøj / C O A S T © Rasmus Hjortshøj / C O A S T +29

CEBRA to Design Green-Roofed, Underground Visitor Center in Southern Denmark

14:00 - 24 November, 2016
CEBRA to Design Green-Roofed, Underground Visitor Center in Southern Denmark, Courtesy of CEBRA Architects
Courtesy of CEBRA Architects

CEBRA Architects has won the competition to design the Skamlingsbanken Visitor Center near Sjølund in Southern Denmark. At 113 meters above sea level, Skamlingsbanken is the highest point in South Jutland and historically has been an important meeting place, serving as the backdrop for some of Denmark's key historical public speeches. The new visitor center is posited as a way to restore this historic importance, and once again make Skamlingsbanken a local meeting place.

How Denmark's $1.2 Billion Cutback Forces Architecture Schools to Rethink Their Priorities

10:30 - 24 November, 2016
© Ariana Zilliacus
© Ariana Zilliacus

18 June 2015: Denmark has a new right wing government. A couple of months later, despite student protests in front of city hall, the new government declares a decision to cut 8.7 billion Danish kroner (over $1.2 billion US) from education in Denmark, effectively cutting nearly 30 million kroner (around $4 million US) from the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK).

The result? 31 employees have been laid off this month; the student body is to be reduced by 30% over the coming years; 4 masters courses in architecture are being discontinued within the next 4 years; and 6 bachelor programs, 7 special programs and one entire institute in the Design School are being terminated. Teaching is being refocused towards technology and the professional sphere, but will this really improve the prospects of fresh architecture graduates, as they claim? Is it more important to challenge, or to adapt?

© Ariana Zilliacus © Ariana Zilliacus © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/danmarksdesignskole/7929195960/'>Flickr user danmarksdesignskole</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/danmarksdesignskole/7929210586/'>Flickr user danmarksdesignskole</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> +7

COBE Designs Housing and Culinary Experiences to be Built on Top of Copenhagen Metro Station

12:00 - 22 November, 2016
COBE Designs Housing and Culinary Experiences to be Built on Top of Copenhagen Metro Station, Courtesy of COBE
Courtesy of COBE

The City of Frederiksberg, along with Real-dania By and Byg Foundation have selected a team led by Danish architects COBE to develop the "House of Food Culture." The project will be constructed on top of the new metro stations in Copenhagen's new Metro City Ring. The House of Food Culture and its townhouses will be built in brick, imitating the neighbouring facade lines and keeping with the style of the historic surroundings.

The House of Food Culture is to be built on top of the entrance to the forthcoming metro station that will host a daily flow of 10,000 people, while focusing on making it the focal point for urban life and a central meeting place. 

Courtesy of COBE Courtesy of COBE Courtesy of COBE Courtesy of COBE +11

Villa Platan / ADEPT

03:00 - 21 November, 2016
Villa Platan / ADEPT, Courtesy of ADEPT
Courtesy of ADEPT

© Jakob Lerche © Jakob Lerche © Jakob Lerche © Jakob Lerche +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    8240 Risskov, Denmark
  • Lead Architects

    Anders Lonka Nis-Hansen
  • Area

    180.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ADEPT , Jakob Lerche

Village in the Schoolyard / MUTOPIA

02:00 - 20 November, 2016
Village in the Schoolyard / MUTOPIA, Courtesy of MUTOPIA
Courtesy of MUTOPIA

Courtesy of MUTOPIA Courtesy of MUTOPIA Courtesy of MUTOPIA Courtesy of MUTOPIA +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    3390 Torup, Denmark
  • Area

    500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of MUTOPIA

ARoS Art Museum Expansion Project: SHL Architects and James Turrell will Raise an Impressive Semi-Subterranean Dome in Aarhus

16:00 - 16 November, 2016
ARoS Art Museum Expansion Project: SHL Architects and James Turrell will Raise an Impressive Semi-Subterranean Dome in Aarhus, Rising Sun. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Rising Sun. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

With the aim of creating a new civic experience at a central point in the city of Aarhus, Denmark, the 'Next Level' project by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects expands the interior capacity of the ARoS Art Museum through a 1,200 square meter subterranean gallery and a huge semi-subterranean dome. The €40 million expansion plan was born from a collaboration with renowned American artist James Turrell, generating a unique experience of color and light.

The horizontal underground space will extend 120 meters below the surface, allowing the visitors to pass through a string of galleries and exhibition spaces before arriving at the Dome. "With its 40 meter diameter, the Dome will form one of the most spectacular spaces ever built into an art museum," explain the architects.

Frederiksbjerg School / Henning Larsen Architects + GPP Architects

11:00 - 16 November, 2016
Frederiksbjerg School / Henning Larsen Architects + GPP Architects, © Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow +34

Winners Announced in Competition to Design Copenhagen’s First New Church in 30 Years

12:00 - 8 November, 2016
Winners Announced in Competition to Design Copenhagen’s First New Church in 30 Years, Courtesy of JAJA Architects
Courtesy of JAJA Architects

JAJA Architects has been announced as the winners of an open international competition to design a new parish church in the Sydhavnen (South Harbor) district of Copenhagen. When completed, it will be the first new church built in Copenhagen since 1989.

The competition, organized by The Danish Association of Architects, sought proposals for a 3,200 square meter church to be located on a waterfront site in the revitalized district of Sydhavnen that could be used for a range of religious, social, cultural and musical events. Construction of the church is expected to be completed in 2019.

Continue reading to see the winning proposal as well as several additional entries.

Courtesy of JAJA Architects Courtesy of JAJA Architects Courtesy of Studio David Thulstrup Courtesy of Architects of Invention +69

Video: Jan Gehl on Modernism and the Social Sciences

08:00 - 6 November, 2016

The Danish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, curated by Boris Brorman Jensen and Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss, is dense with models – "a wunderkammer of architectural prototypes." The exhibition, which attempts to present new insights into how contemporary Danish architecture has been influenced by critics of Modernism (the "Modern approach"), features Jan Gehl—a famed Danish architect and urbanist renowned for his focus on improving the quality of urban life—as its standard bearer. In this exclusive film, shared by the curators, Gehl puts forward his position.

White Arkitekter Proposes Plan for Carlsberg City that Responds to Copenhagen’s Rich Brick Histroy

14:00 - 30 October, 2016
White Arkitekter Proposes Plan for Carlsberg City that Responds to Copenhagen’s Rich Brick Histroy, Courtesy of White Arkitekter
Courtesy of White Arkitekter

From the architect. The new plan for Copenhagen’s Carlsberg Byen development embraces the closeness of the old city, and aims to establish a vibrant new neighborhood on the site of a former brewery. White Arkitekter has developed a residential and commercial proposal which responds to the historical urban morphology of Copenhagen while making a literal connection to the old industrial context by utilizing bricks recycled from the demolition of some of it. 

Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter +20

CEBRA Designs New Museum Dedicated to Greenland and the Arctic

14:25 - 28 October, 2016
CEBRA Designs New Museum Dedicated to Greenland and the Arctic, Courtesy of CEBRA
Courtesy of CEBRA

Danish firm CEBRA has released images of ARCTIC, a new museum and research center dedicated to the study and education  of Greenland and the Arctic, to be located along the Hundested harbour in Halsnæs, Denmark. Although Greenland has been a part of the Kingdom of Denmark for over 600 years, ARCTIC will be the first museum or center that communicates the relationship between these countries through historic, contemporary and future perspectives.

Courtesy of CEBRA Courtesy of CEBRA Courtesy of CEBRA Courtesy of CEBRA +7

Danish Firms Unveil New University of Bergen Energy and Technology Building

06:00 - 26 October, 2016
Danish Firms Unveil New University of Bergen Energy and Technology Building, Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus
Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus

Danish firm Arkitema Architects, in collaboration with Arkitektgruppen Cubus, has won the competition to design a new Life Science building—called EnTek—at the University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway. As an Energy and Technology building, the project is designed to ensure collaboration between UiB’s faculty and the energy and technology industry. 

The 17,500-square-meter building will become a southern gateway to the university, connecting the school to the city via a new street that will also become a central meeting point for both researchers and citizens.

Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus +17

White Arkitekter A/S Designs Sea-Based WWII Memorial with Moving "Tides"

12:00 - 22 October, 2016
White Arkitekter A/S Designs Sea-Based WWII Memorial with Moving "Tides", Courtesy of White Arkitekter A/S
Courtesy of White Arkitekter A/S

White Arkitekter A/S has revealed its plans for Arven fra Havet, or Legacy of the Sea, a World War II memorial to be built at the Mindelunden site in Ryvangen, Denmark. Arven fa Havet will honor the 2,000 Danish sailors and more than 800 Danes who died in merchant ships serving the Allies, and in Operation Overlord, respectively. 

Currently, the Mindelunden site is a graveyard bound on one side with dense bushes and trees. With the new memorial, the site will be better framed by creating a symmetrical boundary, mimicking the proportions of the low tombs, but at a larger scale to represent the common grave of all sailors, the sea.

Courtesy of White Arkitekter A/S Courtesy of White Arkitekter A/S Courtesy of White Arkitekter A/S Courtesy of White Arkitekter A/S +10

Urban Rigger / BIG

02:00 - 4 October, 2016
Urban Rigger / BIG, Courtesy of  BIG
Courtesy of BIG

Courtesy of  BIG © Laurent de Carniere © Laurent de Carniere © Laurent de Carniere +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    1432 København K, Denmark
  • Partners in Charge

    Bjarke Ingels, Jakob Sand
  • Project Leader

    Joos Jerne
  • Area

    680.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs