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.
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 sustainability (sustainability 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…
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.
Architects: Powerhouse Company
Location: Zealand, Denmark
Architect In Charge: Charles Bessard
Design Team: Charles Bessard, Lotte Adolph Bessard, Ted Schauman, Kristina Tegner, Peter Nilsson
Project Leader: Lotte Adolph Bessard
Structural Engineering: Ove Heede Consult ApS
Energy Consultancy: Ellehauge & Kildemoses
Photographs: Åke E. Son Lindman
The Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark, The Danish Agency for Culture and the award winning architecture and design office SHL proudly announce a joint venture ‘Drawing of the Year 2013’.Entries are invited from all architectural students of drawings that inspire, communicate and engage. The internationally acclaimed jury will be looking to award drawings that focus on entries that express the architect’s aesthetic and conceptual approach as a dialogue with – and through the medium – of drawing.
Drawing is a media production and a dissemination of thoughts and dreams. The recipient should be invited to wonder, be moved and involved in drawing as recognition and discussion of tomorrow’s architecture. The drawing substantive theme is ”Engaging Through Architecture” – a focus on architecture’s ambition to take an active part in social development.The competition is seen as an opportunity to celebrate the Architect’s oldest tool as a relevant media for communicating their craft – and demonstrating the potential discourse for discussing and developing architectural ideas laid down through the art of drawing on paper. Drawings will be exhibited at the Aarhus School of Architecture in December 2013.
For complete information regarding criteria, jury, prizes and submission, please visit the competition’s official website.
Architects: Plastique Fantastique
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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
Photographs: Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique
EC Harris’ 2013 International Construction Costs Report has named Hong Kong as the most expensive city in the world to build in. The annual study, which benchmarks building costs in 47 countries across the globe, found that relative construction costs have been affected by substantial fluctuations in currency throughout the year. Despite a stagnant economy, Europe has six of the top ten most expensive markets in this year’s report, reflecting the competitive challenge faced by the Eurozone.
The top ten most expensive countries to build in are: