Sustainable design is more than water, energy and carbon. For architecture, it is deeply rooted in an understanding of life cycles and systemic cultural change. Over the last thirty years, the word "sustainability" began to lose its weight as it transformed into a loosely defined buzzword. But the ideas behind the umbrella term have grown and expanded, and in turn, iconic new buildings are being designed to rethink what the future holds. Denmark is a country that has become a model for sustainable design and cultural change. For Danes, sustainability is a holistic approach that includes a focus on embodied carbon, renewable energy, water management, waste recycling, and green transportation. But it also extends to programming and daily life. The following projects showcase a diverse range of buildings throughout Denmark that were built around sustainable living, and in turn, help to redefine how we can build more inclusive and regenerative architecture.
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