Video / Superflex: A Cool Urban Space

“Let’s meet on the red square.” The artists behind Superkilen explain how this colorful wedge shaped public park in Copenhagen, , was a collaboration based on extreme civic participation.

A public park in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, Denmark, Superkilen was developed by artists’ group Superflex in collaboration with architectural firms Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Topotek1. The park was officially opened in June 2012.

In this interview two members of Superflex, Jakob Fenger and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, tell us about the ideas behind the project, and how it came about as an extreme example of citizen inclusion and collaboration: “We found it interesting to look at this very diverse group of people in regard to culture, social standing, nationality, etc., and then see it as a rich and significant foundation for impacting the area these people live in.”

More after the break.

BIG’s David Zahle Talks Sustainability

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David Zahle, a partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Lead Architect on the recently opened Danish National Maritime Museum, spoke to Mies. UK earlier this year. The practice, widely known for its creative approach to the issue of ( should be experienced rather than hidden), recently won an an international competition to design a new Waste-to-Energy plant in .

Read more and watch the interview after the break…

Copenhagen in 2050

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As explained by this article in the Guardian, planners in Copenhagen are thinking ahead – to the years 2050 and even 2100 -  to propose plans that will cope with the storms and floods that will threaten the low-lying city due to climate change. From ”percolating pavements,” “pocket parks” and “cloudburst boulevards,” read about some of the innovative measures they are proposing, many of which are now being adopted around the world, here.

New Landmark in Copenhaguen / schmidt hammer lassen architects

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Architects: schmidt hammer lassen architects
Location: Copenhagen,
Contractor: Myhlenberg – Søren Vangsted Vest A/S
Engineer: MOE A/S
Area: 11,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mørk

Centre For Cancer And Health / Nord Architects

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Architects: Nord Architects
Location: Copenhagen,
Area: 2,250 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adam Mørk

Aeropolis / Plastique Fantastique

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Architects: Plastique Fantastique
Location: Copenhagen,
Project Team: Marco Canevacci, Marco Barotti, Mirjam Dorsch, Sonia Garcia, Stephanie Grönnert, Antonia Joseph, Julia Lipinsky, Itxaso Markiegi, Manuela Milicia, Carsten Reith, Lorenzo Soldi, Markus Wüste, Yena Young
Area: 100 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique

Kalvebod Waves / JDS Architects + KLAR

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Architects: , JDS Architects, KLAR
Location: Kalvebod Brygge, , Denmark
Design Team: , JDS, Niras, Sloth Møller
Area: 4000.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Henning Stuben, Courtesy of JDS Architects

Green Lighthouse / Christensen & Co Architects

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Architects: Christensen & Co Architects
Location: ,
Area: 970 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Adam Mørk

BIG Shortlisted In Competition to Design Denmark’s Largest Hospital

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UPDATE: All three shortlisted teams have been announced. Check out there proposals here

BIG, WHR and Arup have been shortlisted alongside two other design teams to participate in the second phase of the design competition for what will be Denmark’s largest hospital. The 124,000 square meter facility, known as the Nyt Hospital Nordsjælland, is planned to be built north of Copenhagen.

According to the jury, “BIG’s ideas, together with the large green spaces and green surfaces, mean that we really can talk about a healing hospital in the best possible interpretation of the concept.”

We will keep you updated as details of the other shortlisted teams emerge.

‘Live Between Buildings!’: New Vision of Loft 2 Competition Entry / Mateusz Mastalski + Ole Robin Storjohann

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Mateusz Mastalski + Ole Robin Storjohann shared with us their ‘Live Between Buildings!’ proposal for the New Vision of Loft 2 Competition organized by Fakro, which aims to create a new way of living in the city. Infills between existing buildings that consist almost entirely of Fakro window technology enable a life hyper-close to nature and city life, while on the same time exploiting the qualities of the already existing blind walls of the city. With minimal footprint and facade surface, but a maximum of living quality, the Live Between Buildings! project contributes to a denser, more sustainable city of the future.

The Cliff / Mangor & Nagel

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Architects: Mangor & Nagel
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Mangor & Nagel A/S
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tom Jersøe

UN City / 3XN

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Architects: 3XN
Location: Marmorvej 51, , Denmark
Area: 20000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

Parametric Space / Zaha Hadid Architects, Kollision, CAVI, Wahlberg

Zaha Hadid Architects worked together with design offices Kollision, CAVI and Wahlberg to create the interactive installation ‘Parametric Space’ for the exhibition ‘Zaha Hadid – World Architecture‘, which is on view at the through September 29, 2013. The installation is a fully parametric space that reacts to the visitors’ movements by changing shape and expression. Learn more after the break.

‘Zaha Hadid – World Architecture Exhibition’

The small teaser above is a glimpse into the Zaha Hadid – World Architecture exhibition, which opens today, June 28, in Copenhagen. Together, the Danish Architecture Centre and have created an exhibition experience beyond the ordinary. The viewer will experience a world of towers, floating shells, selected projects and design objects all within a “borderless landscape” that reveals how Hadid’s work arises in an advanced digital and geometric universe.

AlmenBolig+ Affordable Housing Winning Proposal / JAJA + ONV

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ONV Arkitekter and JAJA Architects recently won the 4th delivery of the affordable housing concept AlmenBolig+ in collaboration with Bascon and ScandiByg. Consisting of  3-400 housing units on sites in and around , their winning proposal offers a huge variation of housing sizes and building typologies. Also, by using the prefab module, this ensures a free and flexible design of each area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ama’r Children’s Culture House / Dorte Mandrup

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Architects: Dorte Mandrup
Location: København,
Architect In Charge:
Year: 2013
Photographs: Torben Eskerod, Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup, Jens Lindhe

Halfdansgade 8 / Danielsen Architecture

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Architects: Danielsen Architecture
Location: , Denmark
Area: 1944.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Torben Åndahl, Jersø, Christensen Photography

Terminal Conection / Danielsen Architecture

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Architects: Danielsen Architecture
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Danielsen Architecture
General Contractor: Promecon
Engineer: Moe & Brødsgaard A/S
Area: 4500.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Adam Mørk, Courtesy of Danielsen Architecture