Archive for the ‘Dialogue’ Category

MUTOPIA shortlisted for Kildegården masterplan and House of Art in Roskilde

Friday, January 8th, 2016

MUTOPIA has been shortlisted as one of three teams for the Kildegården masterplan and House of Art by The Municipality of Roskilde.

The former army barracks area of Kildegården, consisting of a series of small and larger buildings housing various activities, is to be transformed into a culture, sport and leisure powerhouse. A unique mix of existing and new users, including clubs, music school, cycling club, bridge, gymnastics, and afterschool, will provide a great potential for cross-cultural meetings and exchange.

In addition to the transformation of the existing barracks area, the masterplan also includes the addition of new residential program, a Sports&Jumping Centre and The House of Art, which will provide facilities for art and educational activities for individuals, associations, as well as for evening classes and Roskilde Municipality’s Art School.

The team consists of MUTOPIA Architects, together with Rubow Arkitekter and Midtconsult Engineers.

MUTOPIA’s X-HOUSE moves to detailing phase

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Yesterday, the detailing phase of the X-HOUSE, MUTOPIA’s winning proposal for the transformation of the shutdown Danish school into a community center, has been kicked off, with MUTOPIA lead&design consultant, OBH-Gruppen Engineers and Arne Brunholm client advisor.

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.

The 2.000m2 large project features a 250m2 large transparent living room with a floating orangery: a flexible space which will reinforce the programmatic diversity of each arm of the x-shaped building mass, while in the same time providing a new identity for the new X-House as a ‘social greenhouse’.

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 project has been developed in collaboration with Colliers International Danmark, anthropologist&artist Mikael Eriksen and stakeholders from the local community.

Project completion is scheduled in 2016.

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Serban Cornea debates on balancing countryside and city growth at People’s Meeting ‘Folkemødet’

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

How will the future of the Danish cities unfold over the next 35 years? Which are the development tendencies with major impact on the transformation of the Danish cities? And how will the urban development impact upon the future map of Denmark?

As part of this year’s People’s Meeting ‘Folkemødet’, Serban Cornea participated in a debate on the green transformation of Denmark, and the implications of a ‘green’ development for the balance between cities and countryside.

Based on 4 scenarios for development, Serban Cornea argued that 4 different urbanization models can be imagined. For each of these models, the different dynamics of urbanization will have a major impact on the development of city regions, ultimately leading to 4 different geographies which outline four different ‘Denmarks’.

The growing importance of the city-regions as growth engines requires a careful re-consideration of the role of the increasingly depopulated countryside in achieving a fossil-free society, no longer as a rural realm in opposition to the urbanized areas, but as a part of a larger, and more intelligent, ‘whole’.

‘Green transformation’ is inseparable from growth and balance between future urbanization and countryside development, which in turn will have a considerable influence on the possibilities of creating a CO2-neutral vital society.

‘The Future Denmark – Balance between city and countryside?’, was organized by The Danish Architecture Centre DAC. Panel debate participants were Ellen Højgaard, director of The Danish Town Planning Institute, Claus Bjørn Billehøj, director for The Capital Region of Denmark and Søren Møller Christensen, partner, carlberg/christensen.

The 4 maps for the 4 different Denmarks have been developed by MUTOPIA based on Damvad&Kairos Future’s scenario report ‘Fire veje til grøn vækst’ (Four roads towards green growth) in collaboration with Rambøll Engineers as part of DK2050, a national scenario project on the transformation of Denmark towards becoming a carbon-free society in 2050 headed by MUTOPIA.

MUTOPIA presents ‘The Scalable City’ at the People’s Meeting ‘Folkemødet’ 2015

Monday, June 8th, 2015

By invitation of The Regional Municipality of Bornholm and Realdania, MUTOPIA will contribute to this year’s People’s Meeting ‘Folkemødet’ with ‘The Scalable City’, a masterplan for ‘Folkemødet’, Denmark’s political festival and Allinge, the hosting city.

The masterplan will strengthen Allinges unique identity as ‘democratic city’, and provide a strategic development tool to create synergy between the city and the festival, while addressing the logistical and urban challenges that arise when a small urban community of 1.550 inhabitants is transformed into a 100.000 people large festival city.

Besides the main contribution ‘The Scalable City’, MUTOPIA will be involved in additional programs and events at various locations, including a number of workshops with local stakeholders. Serban Cornea will participate in ‘The Future Denmark – Balance between city and countryside?, a debate on urbanization tendencies in Denmark, together with Ellen Højgaard, director of The Danish Town Planning Institute, Claus Bjørn Billehøj, director for The Capital Region of Denmark and Søren Møller Christensen, partner, carlberg/christensen.

Last year, MUTOPIA participated at ‘Folkemødet’ with a presentation of DK2050, a project headed by MUTOPIA and aimed at defining national and regional urban strategies that support the green transformation towards achieving a carbon-free Danish society in 2050.

Earlier this year, MUTOPIA has been shortlisted as one of three teams to masterplan Allinge City and ‘Folkemødet’. The team consists of MUTOPIA together with Erik Brandt Dam Arkitekter, Center for Regional- og Turismeforskning (Centre for Regional & Tourism Research) and Lars Rasmussen, Danmarks Sportsfiskeriforbund (Denmark’s Sport Fishing Association).

The parallel assignment ‘The Scalable City’ will be presented between the 11th and the 14th of June at The Regional Municipality of Bornholm’s j9 venue, Allinge, Bornholm.

The debate ‘The Future Denmark – Balance between city and countryside?’, organized by Danish Architecture Center DAC, will take place Saturday the 13th of June between 13:00 – 14:00, at Kampeløkken Havn, “Dansk Arkitektur Center, E13″, Allinge, Bornholm.

MUTOPIA’s CityPark case study for ACTAR PUBLISHERS

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

MUTOPIA’s CityPark project is featured as case study of co-creative strategies in ‘Public Space Acupuncture’, a recently released book by ACTAR which analyses innovative urban strategies on catalytic interventions aimed at activating, balancing and revitalizing urban life.

In a time of economic crisis and rapid urbanization, public spaces have become crucial regulators of co-habitation requiring innovative strategies for their creation, design and management in order to secure flexible and adaptable solutions to any urban and social context.

MUTOPIA’s 7ha large CityPark, completed in 2008 and further densified in the latest years, consists of a matrix of round activity ‘islands’ allowing the production of public space ‘à la carte’. The CityPark has been developed through a creative process of collaboration to secure an effective response to users’ needs, and support the emergence of a collective feeling and belonging to one of the newest neighbourhoods in Copenhagen.

ACTAR PUBLISHERS is a leading Barcelona and New York based publisher of groundbreaking books in architecture, graphic design, and contemporary art, focused on works and individuals at the forefront of contemporary praxis and theory who affect the character of current research and practice and its relationship to the larger societal context.