Arkitekturens Dag in CPH

Bumped for 2014, with the theme of welfare – see programmeExhibition and guided walk in Vestegnen suburb 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 the Kroppedal Museum also 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 participates in Open House weekend, which took place in London and nearly 20 other cities; lovely review of the work of Ernö Goldfinger.

1 October is Arkitekturens Dag (World Architecture Day), of course it is. 2013’s theme is Room for growth, how architecture and urban planning can contribute to the economy. welfare and environment. Lots of things going on including guided walks, who knew. Here’s 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; Facebook)
  • Sound settlements – lecture about social housing in the Øresund Region, including Albertslund (website); see also Brøndby Strand: hvorfor ser det ud, som det gør?
  • Tomme huse – event in the central library on the theme of empty houses, inc presos on Givrum.nu and by the Abandoned boys (Jan Elhøj and Morten Kirkhoff; urbex in DK and beyond; see also Copenhidden Meetup)
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