Copenhagen’s Mayor Reveals What Makes His City So Enviably Green

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In an enlightening interview on Future Cape Town, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen discusses what it is that makes Copenhagen, and Denmark as a whole, such a green-focused society. The key it seems goes beyond simple politics, stemming from a combination of early adoption, a robust and widely appreciated welfare system and a culture of collaborative innovation. You can read the full interview here.

Tietgen Dormitory / Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

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Architects: Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
Location: Rued Langgaards Vej 10, ,
Area: 26,515 sqm
Photographs: Jens M. Lindhe

Soil Centre Copenhagen / Christensen & Co

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Architects: Christensen & Co
Location: , Denmark
Area: 1,800 sqm
Photographs: Adam Mørk

ØSS 5 – Ørestad Housing / Mangor & Nagel A/S

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Architects: Mangor & Nagel A/S
Location: ,
Area: 10,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tom Jersøe

Livsrum – Cancer Counseling Center / EFFEKT

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Architects: EFFEKT
Location: Næstvedgade, 2100 , Denmark
Area: 740.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Quintin Lake, Thomas Ibsen, Courtesy of

KUA2 – University of Copenhagen / Arkitema Architects

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Architects: Arkitema Architects
Location: Njalsgade, Copenhagen,
Area: 37000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Arkitema Architects

Trylletromler / Fabric Architecture

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Architects: Fabric Architecture
Location: Rosenborg Castle, 1350 ,
Design Team: Eric Frijters, Olv Klijn; project team: Greta Mozzachiodi, Guillermo Lavernia, Charlotte Simpson and Ida Fløche Moller
Construction Team: MOELVEN Denmark A/S, Copenhagen Technical College
Client: Danish Architects Association, DAA Copenhagen department
Photographs: Walter Herfst

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 () 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 Copenhagen.

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 ’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 + 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