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January 02 2013

Denisa Petrus: Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

January 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Six months ago, I was interviewed online in order to join the Environmental Design blogging team of The Grid. A brand new experience was waiting for me and I jumped at the opportunity. It combined a rich blend of sustainability in local architecture and urbanism, peppered with the responsibility to transmit accurate details about inspiring […]

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December 19 2012

Sluseholmen, Denmark: Socially-Sustainable Architectural Developments

December 19th, 2012Posted by 

The canal bus in the Danish capital allows visitors to embark on waterfront architectural variations. Imposing cultural temples, such as The Opera and Royal Theater, next to renovated industrial parks, canal baths and newly-built residences, start from Islands Bruge towards Slusehomen. The urban expansion is pushed over idle industrial quarters. Sluseholmen’s was set on similar […]

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December 05 2012

Opera House, Copenhagen: Architectural Backstage Stories

December 5th, 2012Posted by 

Crafted to accommodate world-class artistic performances facilitated to the highest acoustic standards “Democracy is a necessary kind of compromise.” …”To create ‘democratic air’ is kind of a contradiction, because art has to be free.” … “A symbiotic result is a good compromise.” – Jan Christiansen, City Architect of Copenhagen Architecture is seductively scaled to its […]

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November 21 2012

Middelgrunden Wind Power Plant, Copenhagen: Major Player in the 40% Share of Annual Energy Consumption

November 21st, 2012Posted by 

Given the disappointing situation of nuclear energy stations and their hazardous accidents, nations like Denmark have strictly excluded nuclear use as part of their strategy for producing electricity. This has increased aspiring concepts like alternative energy farms: socially and environmentally-harmless frameworks. Autonomous giant structures that coordinate their moves with nature’s rhythm, the wind power plants […]

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November 07 2012

Deep Energy vs Conventional Energy Retrofits in Copenhagen, Denmark

November 7th, 2012Posted by 

Climate change responsibility needs to be shared worldwide, as carbon dioxide reduction is required in order to recalibrate the environmental imbalance. Since the building sector is one of the main energy consumers, adequate strategies, like energy retrofitting, must be implemented. Yet the considerable financial investments in building analysis and systematic implementation of low-carbon developments have vaguely […]

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October 24 2012

United Nations Building: Copenhagen, Denmark

October 24th, 2012Posted by 

“The water in itself adds quality to this city”, Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN The United Nations committee reaches worldwide, currently covering 193 member states. Its foundations were set following the end of the Second World War, when 51 countries committed to invest their power in the welfare organization. The declaration formulated in the Millenium Summit […]

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October 10 2012

Urban Regeneration: Carlsberg’s District, Copenhagen

October 10th, 2012Posted by 

View over Carlsberg. Entasis Architects‘ original urban renewal proposal The whimsical financial crisis did not prevent cities like Copenhagen from enhancing their strategies for urban development and preserving their ideal for social sustainability. Responsible decisions focused on revitalizing the urban fiber. To tackle the problem of increased demand for housing units, the city stretched its […]

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September 26 2012

From Industrial Silos to Residences: The Gemini Building and Wennberg Silo

September 26th, 2012Posted by 

Islands Brygge industrialised waterfront in the 90′s. Located nearby nowadays Copenhagen Harbour Bath Automation, market variations, and strict ecological legislation push dysfunctional factories on the verge of extinction. Yet, the heavy industrial remains hardly disappear from the urban skyline. The Danish Soy Cake Factory, once the economic engine of the capital, used to employ 1,200 […]

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September 12 2012

Developing Cities Under Social Conditions: Malmo, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark

September 12th, 2012Posted by 

The Øresund Strait links the two nations through an underwater tunnel, an artificial island and a bridge structure, totaling 8km of rail and road. There lies the Øresund region, the northern European territory around the Baltic Sea covering the southern Sweden and eastern Denmark, the most densely populated area in Scandinavia, housing 3.7 million citizens. It […]

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August 29 2012

Copenhagen, Denmark: Where Cycling Culture Is at Home

August 29th, 2012Posted by 

On a daily basis, Copenhagen is crossed on bike summing up to 1.2 million kilometres. This equals around thirty round-the-world trips for a population of less than 1.5 million inhabitants. Copenhageners pedal a lot. Given the statistics, pedal power helped alleviate the pollution issues and was a boost for the health system.  As much as […]

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August 15 2012

Material World Exhibition DAC: Environmental Friendly Building Materials

August 15th, 2012Posted by 

All-eyes-on the intrinsic features of the latest building materials. Selected to inform and inspire. Our cities’ infrastructure, buildings and interiors ooze the aesthetics and functionality of the materials in use. Yes, beyond the contours of initial ideas, remains the tangible core. The building envelopes react with the outdoor environment and the interiors` floor-to-ceiling composition influence […]

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August 01 2012

Sustainable Building and Ecodesign Summer Course at IHK Copenhagen, Denmark

August 1st, 2012Posted by 

Summer courses gather students and graduates around the globe, creating hubs of creativity and cultural clustering. Universities organize workshops and courses on various themes, in many cases interconnected with several study subjects. This way, the young professionals experience a situation close to real life case, where different work branches cooperate. Students embrace the opportunity to […]

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July 18 2012

Ørestad, Denmark: Cutting Edge Urban Fiber

July 18th, 2012Posted by 

An ambitious project sets new grounds for innovation in Copenhagen Financial and social needs have brought decisive urban expansion in the Danish capital; pushing the urban borders towards the South, bridged by the centre of the city and the Kalvebod Fælled natural reservation, and stretching over five km with six metro stops. Exploration of the […]

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July 04 2012

Copenhagen, Denmark’s New Aquarium: Sneak-Preview From The Blue Planet Building Site

July 4th, 2012Posted by 

“A sculpture at the coast unites the natural elements of water, air, and earth.” Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN The South-East coast of Zealand, Denmark offers a leisure time oasis as the motor way streams out of the urban area. Sandy beach patches, with small yacht ports and bike tracks, stretch across undulating green fields. Before […]

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