Archive for the ‘Urban Planning’ Category

Serban Cornea to speak at THE LIVEABLE CITY in Birmingham

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

On the 30th of November, Serban Cornea will speak at THE LIVEABLE CITY, a two-days celebration of architecture and planning in Birmingham. His talk will review MUTOPIA’s visionary work with development tendencies and their major impact on the transformation of cities towards becoming fossil-free societies.


Today, there is a growing agreement across the political spectrum with regards to the ambition of creating a green society. However, the road towards achieving a green society is challenging. Free-flowing transport is a major challenge to create, but nonetheless foundational for a liveable city, which is why more and more cities are looking to Denmark for inspiration.


Serban Cornea will present his view on how interfaces between different modes of transport integrated in masterplans based on intermodal green transportation systems providing ‘sustainable logistics’ can create healthy, peo­ple-friendly environments that can reduce congestion, pollution and carbon emission, as well as help cities cope with growing popula­tions and workforces.


The event, where central and local government, businesses, politicians and professionals take part in talks, seminars and debates on how cities can become better places to live, work and play, is organised by the Royal Danish Embassy in the UK in partnership with Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Combined Authority and the Royal Institute of British Architects.


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.


http://www.archdaily.com/869081/18-cool-examples-of-architecture-for-kids/

Henrik Ulsfort speaks on temporary architecture at Byens Ejendom Nordhavn Conference

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Last Friday, MUTOPIA’s Henrik Ulsfort gave a talk on new means of supporting bottom up urban development at Byens Ejendom Conference on the development of Nordhavnen. The current industrial Nordhavnen harbour of Copenhagen is in the process of being transformed into a new neighbourhood with a total capacity of 3.5 million square meters mixed residential and commercial programme, which will create space for 40.000 inhabitants and 40.000 work spaces by 2060.


MUTOPIA has developed a concept for kick-starting the development of unused sites by means of temporary activities aimed at providing exciting opportunities for urban life based on the unfolding of existing qualities of the urban context such as accessibility, history, location and existing activities.

A temporary hotel of customizable prefab modular units will provide much needed and highly attractive lodging and service space to support the activities of Culture Docken, a former salt warehouse which has become a popular culture venue since 2006 by providing a spectacular site for conferences, theatre, concerts, exhibitions as well as corporate events.


The first units have been constructed, and will soon be assembled on-site.


Byens Ejendom (The City’s Property) is the largest provider of information on urban development in Denmark.


http://www.docken.dk/

https://byensejendom.dk/

MUTOPIA proposes GRØNTTÅRNET, a carved tower with an edible facade

Friday, March 17th, 2017

MUTOPIA created GRØNTTÅRNET proposal for a new high-rise typology, aimed at integrating and contributing to the ’green and edible city’ context of the old share-based wholesale market of Valby, Copenhagen, currently in the process of being transformed into a new, modern and dense neighbourhood.


Strategically placed carvings in the tower’s midsection minimize façade downwash, allowing for a differentiation of living units and corresponding (sheltered) outdoor areas with hanging gardens featuring robust plants related to food culture.


More than creating an iconic presence which marks the entrance to the new district, the GRØNTTÅRNET tower transforms the monotony of extrusion into an exciting living variation which echoes diverse living conditions offered by the different sections of the tower corresponding with their respective height.


Rather than a cosmetic act, the green presence becomes a prerequisite for differentiation, better city life, as well as a striking addition to the notorious Copenhagen skyline, that symbolizes the green ambition of the new neighborhood.


Read more about the project here:

http://mutopia.dk/projects/building/groenttaarnet/


MUTOPIA completes SPARK, a sports-park with a collection of stimulating sports villages

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The transformation of Odense Comrades’ Sportsclub (OKS) 40.000m2 large football club premises into a multifunctional sports-park dubbed SPARK has been completed.


SPARK provides an inspiring sports & leisure environment at a central city location in response to the steadily growing interest for sport as a catalyst for activity and public life, while in the same time creating a new identity for OKS.


SPARK combines the two Danish traditions for football and allotment gardens into a number of gabled roof ‘sports sheds’ which root the project within the urban context of allotments and sheds, and provide informal space for a diversity of sports and physical activities to improve physical, social and football skills.


The ‘sports sheds’, clustered into three ‘sports villages’ corresponding to three programmatic activity zones including football technique training, parkour and gymnastics, have been developed in close collaboration with project stakeholders, future users and Lokale and Anlægsfonden (The Danish Foundation for Sports and Culture Facilities), to enable a more versatile and intensive usage of the area.


http://mutopia.dk/projects/urban/spark-2/

http://www.loa-fonden.dk/projekter/2012/spark-i-odense/