Empowerment of Aesthetics
People met the smell of dirt, heard the sound of poetry and burried their toes in pine needles at the Danish pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2014.
From the exhibition Empowerment of Aethetics in the Danish Pavilion. Photo: Jens Lindhe
The exhibition was curated by Stig L. Anderson who insists on a new sensuous and sustainable symbiosis between rationality and aesthetics - between architecture and nature.
It is a reflection on the fundamentals of the modern Danish society, which emerged in the mid19th Century: The short pocket of time after the collapse of Romanticism but before the heralded Danish welfare state fully emerged; where the poetic interaction between architecture, literature, art, nature and science liberated an unprecedented energy and a belief in a dynamic society hitherto unseen in Denmark and elsewhere.
"My ambition is to present the interrelationship of forgotten, repressed or underexposed parts of the dynamic Danish modernity. Not only in the history of architecture, but also in science, art and poetry."
- Curator, professor, and landscape architect Stig L. Andersson
TALK & DEBATE: CITIES AND CITY REGIONS IN 2050
How do we live in the future cities and city regions? How can we plan smart based on the available knowledge and history? In relation to the oficial opening of the Danish pavilion, Danish and international politicians, architects and experts were invited to take part in a debate on the sustainable future of our cities.
Opening debate. From left: Kent Martinussen (CEO, Danish Architecture Centre) Stig L. Andersson (Curator and partner in SLA), Freija Van Duijne (Independent futurist at Future Motions, president Dutch Future Society, analyst at The Hague), Serban Cornea (Apartner in Mutopia), Aase Nyegaard (Deputy Mayor in Sønderborg), Tina Saaby (City architect, Copenhagen), Brian Vad Mathiesen (Professor, Aalborg university), Michael Ziegler (Mayor, Høje-Taastrup), Mathias Sauerbruch (Partner in Sauerbruch Hutton tbc.).Photo: CARMERAPHOTO ARTE
Photos from the exhibition
Fra udstillingen Empowerment of Aethetics i den danske pavillon. Fotos: Jens Lindhe
Photo collage: SLA
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Part of the big picture
The Danish pavilion was part of a larger project debating the future of Denmark. In the big scenario project called DK2050, both rationality and aesthetics are crucial powers, when creating images of our future cities and society. DK2050 e.g. asks; How will we live in Denmark in the year 2050? What are the challenges and dilemmas meeting us on the way? How can cities, politicians and each one of us participate and navigate in the decision making on our common road into a sustainable future?
The Danish contribution to the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia was supported by: The Ministry of Culture Denmark, Realdania, The Danish Arts Foundation, The Dreyer Foundation, Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968, OSRAM, SpektraLED, New Mat, alluVial International, Egen Vinding & Datter, Bark House, Sibelco Denmark, Niels Bohr Arkivet, Museum Jorn, Mariebjerg Kirkegaard, Thorvaldsens Museum, The Hirschsprung Collection, KØS, Carsten Hoff, iGuzzini, Lokalhistorisk Arkiv i Gentofte, G.N. Brandts Haves Venner.
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cOPENHAGEN URBAN SPACES ON DISPLAY IN vENICE
Stig L. Andersson and SLA Architects is reknown for a wide number of new urban spaces and landscape development projects - here is a few, which was part of the biennale exhibition 'Empowerment of Aesthetics'.
SEB Bank & Pension HQ >
SLA has created the the landscape connecting the two SEB buildings. With trees, grasses and mosses, the landscape and a six-metre upward rising slope from the street level, the landscape is inspired by a Swedish mountainside. Underneath a car park is hidden.
Elephant House >
Norman Foster’s elephant house elevates Copenhagen Zoo to the first division of the architectural world. The landscape development is made by the Danish landscape architects SLA.
Sønder Boulevard >
Relandscaping of Sønder Boulevard in Vesterbro to make an active urban space with green areas and facilities for sports and games. SLA landscape architects is behind the development in cooperation with The City of Copenhagen.
Frederiksberg Plazas >
The area around the Frederiksberg Metro station has seen a whirlwind of progress in urban development in recent years.
Last updated Wednesday, July 19, 2017