Arkitekturens Dag in CPH and beyond

And here’s 2017, with map! (2015 here, not sure what happened with 2016): 50+ events, with Aarhus (European Capital of Culture, folks) drawing down the blinds on the Rotunda pavilion and Rethink Architecture, plus the inevitable architecture run (CPH Urban Trail seems to be no more); in CPH Bygningskulturens Hus has a lecture on social housing of the 1940s/50s (see also the exhibition and renovation guide), always welcome, and there’s a tour round Ballerup’s fælleshuse

Bumped for 2014, with the theme of welfare – see programme. Exhibition and guided walk in the Greve suburb of Hundige, built on the familiar pattern of an S tog with shopping centre, library and cultural centre attached, plus visits to two homes, one from the 1960s, when increased prosperity made it possible for people to buy their own homes, and one from the 1970s, the boom years of social housing. See also the Husker du? app.

Moving north east round the bay Kroppedal Museum has an exhibition on in Ishøj Bycenter, with locals invited to add their stories on Facebook. Arkitekternes Hus has visits to Brøndby Strand and Bellahøj, both currently being renovated. Finally, there are social housing pearls all around Copenhagen if you know where to look – ie up. The Design Museum has a Se op! self guided walk around the city centre and Christianshavn with accompanying map, seemingly only available in a paper version on the day. Boo.


Denmark no longer hosts Bygningskulturens Dag, once its contribution to Open House/Doors Open Days/Heritage Open Days. Instead Arkitektforeningen and Landsforeningen for Bygnings- og Landskabskultur marks World Architecture Day on/around 1 October as Arkitekturens Dag. 2013’s theme is Room for growth, how architecture and urban planning can contribute to the economy. welfare and environment.

Some linkage:

  • harbour tour with city architect Tina Saaby – tracing ‘growth’ over the last 10-15 years from an industrial area to a recreational opholdsrum; proposed for the future are a metro line to Sydhavn, more bridges, developments at Enghave Brygge and Papirøen
  • lecture by the Generøs By boys (Politiken‘s architecture editor Karsten Ifversen and architect/photographer Jens Lindhe)
  • Sound settlements – lecture about social housing in the Øresund Region, including Albertslund
  • Tomme huse – event in the central library on the theme of empty houses, inc presos by GivRum and the Abandoned boys (Jan Elhøj and Morten Kirkhoff)
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