Danish architecture is experiencing a New Golden Age. A Second historic peak only seen before when world renown Danish architects such as Arne Jacobsen, Jørn Utzon, Kay Fisker and Hans Jørgen Wegner in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s helped create world class buildings and design in the spirit of the brand new Nordic welfare state.
Again today, a broad range of Danish architects are involved in an extraordinary effort to elevate the quality of architecture in the fields of education, healthcare, social housing, workplace environment, the public space – architecture that benefits the many - Art of Many. Danish architecture is not about architectural style. It is driven by an ambition to improve the quality of life through architecture by designing everyday buildings of extraordinary high quality.
This exhibition is presented in two parts: a comprehensive collection of contemporary architecture and planning projects in all scales called Art of Many, and a videoinstallation called The Right to Space
We have invited the architects and urban planners of the New Golden Age to present their projects and ideas - 130 in all - through carefully crafted architecture models. Presented together they are a testament to an architectural culture of endless experimentation that reflect societal demands under constant change. The many projects you will find in this exhibition is grouped under the five forward looking urban agendas we believe will be the most important in the years to come: Claiming Space, Exit Utopia, Designing Life, Beyond Luxury, Pro Community.
In the video installation, The Right to Space, the world renown urbanist, professor Jan Gehl, gives an introduction to his influential research on how to make people friendly city planning, and give his take on the five urban agendas. For 50 years he has led the battle for cities for people – in Denmark as well as in the rest of the world.