About the exhibition

The audience is invited to visit the living lab of Copenhagen and explore how Copenhagen offers hundreds of architectural answers to the all-important question: what makes a livable city?

The official Danish contribution to the 12th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia features the city of Copenhagen with the exhibition "Q&A: Urban Questions _ Copenhagen Answers." The audience is invited to visit the living lab of Copenhagen and explore how Copenhagen offers hundreds of architectural answers to the all-important question: what makes a livable city?

In the course of the past twenty years, Copenhagen has been a living lab of sustainable urban development. Danish and international architects, urban planners, investors, politicians, and the general public have explored the city's potential with determination, courage and curiosity to experiment with different strategies.

As a result Copenhagen has changed radically - not only in its architecture but also in the way we use and live in the city. New connections with the Metro and bicycle routes have been implemented, new urban spaces and new public buildings created, and new ways of living, working, going to school and spending leisure time emerged. Each of these provides new suggestions in regard to how the urban challenges of cities can be met with architectural answers. 

Improving the quality of life
Copenhagen is a city with more than a thousand years of history and its own distinctive architectural character. It is a city where over the last decades a thousand micro-architectural interventions have been spread across the entire city like an acupuncture treatment, improving the quality of urban spaces and the quality of life. It is a city with instructive, large-scale projects in the field of sustainable urban development, whose potential for further growth reaches far into the 21st century. It is a city where Danish and international architects alike are fully occupied both to continue and to reinvent Danish design tradition.

"Only by creating sensible and sustainable urban communities can we ensure the welfare of the planet and its people. Copenhagen is a good example of how architects and urban planners together with the public, investors and politicians insist on responding to some of the substantial urban questions that the world's cities face today. The 12thInternational Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia - the world's largest architecture event, gives an obvious opportunity to show how we in Copenhagen are working to find long-lasting answers about how cities can frame urban life in the 21st century." 
Kent Martinussen, Commissioner of the Danish Pavilion and CEO at the Danish Architecture Centre:


Copenhagen Answers
In the Danish pavilion the audience is invited to join the Copenhagen city lab, and explore questions and answers about how a livable city is created. In four sections, the exhibition" Q&A: Urban Questions _ Copenhagen Answers" explores the different aspects of this distinctive Danish model of sustainable urban development:

Catwalk: The presentation of a number of prestigious projects that Danish and international star architects have created in Copenhagen over the last decade.

1947-2047: From Fingerplan to Loop City: The story of how greater Copenhagen in modern times has developed, taking its starting point in the famous Fingerplan of 1947, and continues to develop visions for the future.

Three Sustainable Urban Labs: The presentation of three large scale urban development areas in Copenhagen, each with very different terms and conditions: Ørestad, Carlsberg and Nordhavnen.

Copenhagen X: Copenhagen X gives an interactive presentation of the experiences gained in Copenhagen in the last 10 years, which will also give the audience the opportunity to select cases from the Digital Gallery and create their own online magazine of innovative architecture and urban planning.

With the exhibition "Q&A: Urban Questions _ Copenhagen Answers", the Danish Architecture Centre wishes to give the audience - architects, urban planners, investors, politicians and the audience of the Biennale - an insight into one of the most interesting city labs for modern sustainable urban development: the city of Copenhagen. Ultimately, the aim is to inspire the visitor to go to Copenhagen and experience the city firsthand, bringing home good examples as potential inspiration. 

The official Danish contribution to the 12th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia is curated and produced by the Danish Architecture Centre and sponsored by: The Danish Ministry of Culture, Realdania, The Danish Arts Foundation, CPH City & Port Development, Carlsberg, Copenhagen X.

Participants:
3XN, AART Architects, Arkitema Architects, ARKKI, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, ARUP, BIG, By&Havn, Carlsberg, CAVI, COBE, Copenhagen X, DISSING + WEITLING architecture, Dorte Mandrup Architects, entasis, Foster + Partners, Henning Larsen Architects, Jeppe Aagaard Andersen Landscape Architect, KHR Architects, Kollision, Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, Niels Torp architects, POLYFORM, primus architects, Rem Koolhaas / OMA, schmidt/hammer/lassen architects, SLETH, Steven Holl Architects, Studio Daniel Libeskind, Tom Nielsen, Transform, Rambøll, ReD Associates, White Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects.

 

 

 

 

Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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