New exhibition: Housing and Welfare - Homes Ensembles City - Press

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What will Copenhagen look like in 5, 10 and 15 years' time? What is the future of the city as a residential city according to the projects that architectural firms are designing right now? And what role does housing play in a city and a welfare society that are undergoing change? 

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, in collaboration with the Danish Building Research Institute, is about to open a new big exhibition about tomorrow's housing in the metropolis of Copenhagen. The Exhibition:“Housing and Welfare - Homes | Ensembles | City” opens at Holmen 19 March till 14 May 2015, supplemented by an important, international housing conference in the spring. 

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Cities are growing, and rural municipalities are being depopulated at an increasing rate. While rural municipalities are under pressure, big cities are challenged in terms of their infrastructure. The population growth poses ever-increasing demands on the Copenhagen area as a metropolis where business, family, cultural and leisure life need to work in new ways, matching the Danes' life today and tomorrow.

50 housing projects in the making
The exhibition provides an insight into the housing projects that are in the pipeline at architectural firms for construction in the metropolis of Copenhagen within a few years. More than 50 projects from architectural offices, researchers and study programmes.

About 30 % of all Danish households now live in the capital. It is expected that 1,000 new citizens will move to Copenhagen every month over the coming years – more than 10,000 per year.
Copenhagen development

The research
"The strain on the cities leads to rising prices of land, and high construction costs lead to higher costs of accommodation, both in newbuild and in renovated properties. This makes it difficult to build in general, and almost impossible to build cheaply. Many search in vain for a suitable home that they can afford. This means that the city is being split up into enclaves, with wealthy people in attractive, but expensive, districts along the central harbour, in Ørestaden and in the inner city districts, while citizens with lower incomes have to settle in the less attractive districts of the metropolis. This is a threat to social welfare and cohesion," says Peder Duelund Mortensen, Associate Professor, exhibition manager and housing researcher at the School of Architecture.

"The exhibition provides a unique insight into the reality that has previously only been known locally in the individual project team, and as a whole, only by very few people at a political level. The objective is to create mutual inspiration, food for thought and reflection about the future housing development in the city of Copenhagen. The exhibition thus raises the questions and shows the very concrete plans that should be the concern of everybody with an interest in housing, the construction industry's players, politicians, architects and housing researchers," says Peder Duelund Mortensen.



The exhibition:
The exhibition Housing and Welfare – Homes|Ensembles|City is organised by the Institute of Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, in collaboration with the Danish Building Research Institute at Aalborg University. Curator: Associate Professor Peder Duelund Mortensen and Scientific Assistant Masashi Kajita.

The film programme:
The film programme will be realised in collaboration with the Copenhagen Architecture Festival x Film. Curator: Peter Møller Rasmussen, Copenhagen Architecture Festival x Film, and Peder Duelund Mortensen, the School of Architecture.

Housing conference:
Housing and Welfare – Boundaries|Encounters|Connections is organised by the Danish Building Research Institute at Aalborg University in collaboration with the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture.

The conference is advertised at, and it will gather housing researchers, the industry, politicians and other interested for a three-day conference about the role of housing in the welfare society.

From the filmprogramme: Interview with Claus Gröning (Gröning Arkitekter) & Annette Krarup (ELF Development)
From the filmprogramme: Interview with Tina Saaby (stadsarkitekt) & Thomas Kock (Polyform)
From the filmprogramme: Interview med Adam Kahn (Adam Kahn Architects) & Rolf Andersson (KAB)

Architects, researchers and studies presented in the exhibition

Polyform Arkitekter, Tegnestuen Vandkunsten, COBE, Holscher Nordberg Architecture and Planning, Danielsen Architecture, Arkitema, Entasis, JaJa Architects, Domus Arkitekter, BCVA | architecture urban space cityscapes, Primus Arkitekter, Urbania Cph, Leth & Gori,Powerhouse Company, Praksisarkitekter, BOGL, Gröning Arkitekter, Adam Khan Architects, SLA, ONV Arkitekter, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter and Henning Larsen Architects.

International guest architects: 
Kazunari Sakamoto Architectural Laboratory + Atelier and I, Pierre d’Avoine Architects.

Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen, Anne Winther Beckman, Laura Helene Højring, Heidi Svenningsen Kajita, Ofri Earon, Deane Simpson and Charles Bessard.

Aviaja Torbensdatter Hermann, Stefan Jesper Gründl, Søren Pihlmann, Kim Lenschow, Amalie Brandt Opstrup and Line Tibering. 


The exhibition and the conference are funded by the Realdania Foundation and Dreyer's Foundation; film production and programmes at the cinema are funded by the City of Copenhagen's Cultural Committee and the KAB Foundation.



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