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Archdaily features Village-in-the-schoolyard as a ‘cool example of Architecture for kids’

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Archdaily features MUTOPIA’s Village-in-the-Schoolyard as one of ’18 cool spaces designed especially for children – environments which may perhaps inspire the Fosters, Hadids and Le Corbusiers of tomorrow.’

The urban renewal project, aimed at improving the health profile of Halsnæs School, has increased the attractiveness of the school premises, while in the same time creating a social meeting point across age and interest for the entire local community of Torup, a renowned Danish eco-village situated in Halsnæs, a part of the Capital Region of Denmark.

X-HOUSE sets new standards for co-creative countryside development

Friday, April 24th, 2015

MUTOPIA’s X-HOUSE project is praised in Funen newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende for setting new standards for the development of the Danish countryside, based on co-creativity and private-public partnerships.

Chairman of The Danish Village Association Carsten Abild and Deputy Chairman of the Independent Institution X-HUSET Jørgen Brink praise MUTOPIA’s project for taking the evolutionary steps of transforming the typical community centre into a vibrant LivingRoom for the entire village of Vester Hæsinge.

The well-known Walt Disney quote ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’ is appropriate for describing the huge motivation of the local community for engaging actively in the transformation of the shutdown school, a process which started back in 2011 and culminated earlier this month with the finalization of the project funding.

The funding is granted by Lokale og Anlægsfonden LOA (The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sport Facilities) and Realdania, a Danish philanthropic organization that supports change in the built environment, together with Ken Fonden, The Municipality of Faaborg-Midtfyn, and financial contributions from the local community.

The X-HOUSE will unite a local community centre with sports clubs, communal welfare provision and other health related functions into one synergistic whole, to create a strong platform for promoting social innovation and increase the attractiveness of the village as a settlement place for newcomers.

Project completion is scheduled in 2016.

Fast Company praises MUTOPIA’s Masterplan for The Meatpacking District in Copenhagen

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Fast Company, the world’s leading progressive business media brand dedicated to reporting about how innovative and creative ‘fast companies’ are actively inventing the future of business, praises MUTOPIA’s masterplan for The Meatpacking District in Copenhagen for making room for both creative newcomers and traditional trades.

The article ‘Copenhagen Vs. New York City: A Tale Of Two Meatpacking Districts’, considers the difference between the development of The Meatpacking District in Copenhagen, based on strategic long-term planning and active involvement of the city government, citizens and stakeholders, as opposed to the market-driven development in New York, characterized by rapid and unpredictable changes in the urban environment.

MUTOPIA’s K-plan, released in 2007, has driven the burgeoning of the old meat industry area of Copenhagen into an active and open urban district, integrated in the public and recreational network of the city, by successfully balancing the needs of the traditional businesses – which need places to drive and park delivery trucks through the neighbourhood – and new businesses, which are reliant on safe walkways and bicycle routes, as well as areas for outdoor dining, temporary events and city life.

In 2013, MUTOPIA released a second phase of the masterplan, Kødbyen 2025, aimed at supporting the neighborhood’s continued evolution towards becoming a sustainable self-supporting district which unites vegetables-and fruit production with residential, office and retail space, to achieve food waste reduction, renewable energy production and a lively urban environment.

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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.

‘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.