DK2050 is setting out to create a qualified, national debate on the subject of how to create a sustainable society and sustainable urban living by 2050. DK2050 will concentrate on the possible futures and directions, at which towns and regions can aim, in order to design healthy and sustainable environments.

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Wind mills in Ringkøbing Skjern

In the Denmark of tomorrow we will live and work in new ways, which will totally transform the Denmark we know today. We cannot see into the future, but it looks as if it will involve both promising and slightly bleaker trends, to which we will have to adapt. High-speed trains and smart cars will make their mark and transport us from A to B in new ways. The proportion of elderly people in Denmark will increase significantly. Climate change will increase the pressure on green conversion. Copenhagen expects to house 100,000 new residents in just 10 years. Cities will work together across the Øresund, Kattegat and the Fehmarn Belt.

We can influence some trends, but there are other developments, which we will just have to deal with as best we can. There are probably some trends we have not even detected.

The objective of DK2050 is to promote real innovation in terms of how to think strategically and in the long term, across borders and sectors, in the planning of towns and cities, infrastructure, energy, trade and transport. An important resource in the debate is the development of 3-5 scenarios for the future, which will expose some of the main challenges facing Denmark.

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DK2050 is being developed and run by the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) in partnership with Realdania and the Danish Ministry of Culture, the Danish Ministry of Environment, the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth, and the Danish Ministry of Climate and Building.

Ten municipalities are taking part in the project: Aalborg, Aarhus, Ringkøbing-Skjern, Sønderborg, Fredericia, Middelfart, Odense, Kalundborg, Høje-Taastrup and Copenhagen. The cities were chosen because they are front-runners in sustainable urban development and strategic urban planning, and widely distributed throughout Denmark, thus representing the country's various regions. In addition to these towns and cities, the Region of Southern Denmark, North Denmark Region and the Capital Region of Denmark are also taking part.  

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The city of Middelfart - one of the participating municipalities in DK2050  

DK2050 was presented at The Biennale in Venice (7th June - 23rd of November 2014).

Ramboll and the Landowners' Investment Fund are partners in the project and will make regular contributions to its development.

DAMVAD and Kairos Future have been selected as analytical and scenario partners. They will be responsible for creating the scenarios.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 / By Sidsel Hartlev

Last updated Tuesday, May 30, 2017