Archive for 2014

Happy Holidays 2014

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

In the New Year, Santa will be travelling by train just like thousands of other daily commuters.

In order to be able to bring out all the presents fast, Santa has decided to store his bike at the trainstation, where he can switch from train to bike in 1 minute. Unfortunately, there are not many other commuters who can do that.

We wish that all train commuters were able to swiftly switch from trains to bikes, by means of an integrated bike parking – train platforms solution.

In BikeCity, you will be able to take the elevator directly from the train platform up to the 3.000 bike-parking area at the first floor of Copenhagen Central Station.

MUTOPIA wishes Happy Holidays and more bikes in the New Year!

MUTOPIA’s proposal for synergetic development of Ringkøbing-Skjern wins appraisal

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Ringkøbing-Skjern mayor Iver Enevoldsen praises MUTOPIA’s proposal for the development of Ringkøbing-Skjern as an energy-producing multifunctional region, developed as part of DK2050, a national scenario project on the transformation of Denmark towards becoming a carbon-free society in 2050 headed by MUTOPIA.

The proposal for the development of Ringkøbing-Skjern, Denmark’s largest municipality, is based upon a synergy between nature, tourism and production of green energy.

By combining the most important asset of the region – its nature – with a development based on the ‘production of experiences’, Ringkøbing-Skjern can achieve a 160% production of green energy, thereby consolidating its position on the renewable energy market.

Mayor Iver Enevoldsen is enthusiastic about ‘the exciting and promising perspectives for a not so distant future’, where sea farms provide breeding areas for seaweed as a source for biogas, while in the same time offering unique opportunities for living in scenic surroundings.

The proposal for the synergetic development of Ringkøbing-Skjern based upon a double usage of nature as cultural and energy- producing asset is exemplary for a sustainable development which eschews large scale urbanization as a source of growth.

MUTOPIA’s scenarios create added value for culture buildings

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Danish Agency for Culture’s latest ‘Culture Buildings’ publication features MUTOPIA’s Jersie School project as an untraditional creative example of added value through scenario work.

Jersie School, a 6.600m2 large school situated in the Municipality of Solrød, South of Copenhagen, has to close due to pupil shortage. The remaining pupils will be moved to Uglegårdsskolen, and the empty school buildings are ready for new uses.

In spite of the good accessibility, finding a new tenant is challenging in a time where there is no shortage of unused space on the real estate market.

What kind of futures can be imagined?

As an effective method to visualize future development possibilities and provide basis for new initiatives and partnerships to support the school transformation, MUTOPIA has developed a number of scenarios for the adaptive re-use of the shutdown school, in collaboration with real estate firm Colliers International.

The ‘Culture Buildings’ catalogue aims at uncovering means of optimizing the usage of existing Danish culture buildings, including reduction of maintenance costs, space optimization as well as new business models and partnerships to secure increased revenues.

The ‘Culture Buildings’ catalogue has been developed through a collaboration between the Danish Agency for Culture (Kulturstyrelsen), The Danish Association of Construction Clients DACC (Bygherreforeningen) and MUTOPIA.

Jersie School scenarios:

‘Wild bike projects’ praised by The Danish Cyclists’ Federation

Friday, November 21st, 2014

MUTOPIA’s wide range of proposals for the development of Danish cities towards becoming fossil-free in 2050 win critical praise in the Danish media.

In response to the ever-increasing tendency to using bicycles for real transportation as an alternative to driving, MUTOPIA has put forward a number of radical proposals for optimizing the infrastructure and biking experience, including skycyle lanes and vertical bikeparking in dense city areas, combined with bike&ride parking at central stations and multi-modal transportation hubs.

The Danish Cyclists’ Federation’s director Klaus Bondam is enthusiastic about the resourcefulness of MUTOPIA’s ‘wild bike projects’, which urge action to consolidate the bicycle as a central element in the process of transition towards a green society.

Lillebælt Living Bridge and Middelfart 2050 in the press

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

MUTOPIA’s proposal for the green transition of Middelfart towards becoming a Cleantech City in 2050 attracts media attention.

MUTOPIA’s proposals for Middelfart, which include the transformation of the old Lillebælt into an energy-producing living brige, as well as the creation of Middelfart Reef, a combined storm water protection, natural habitat and touristic attraction, are highlighted as ‘valuable contributions’ to the development of the city by mayor Steen Dahlstrøm.