You know when something isn’t quite right when cycling in Copenhagen in December not wearing your furry-lined mitts. As the rest of northern Europe, Copenhagen, is experiencing temperatures befitting early April. Considering this balmy climate, it might seem odd that I found myself roaming DAC’s <Danish Architecture Center> latest exhibition, “The Winter City”. This interesting exhibition explores the possibilities of utilizing and developing Copenhagen’s urban spaces to encourage outdoor activities during the city’s long winter season. Copenhagen’s local residents are renowned for engaging with the capitals parks, waterfront and other urban spaces during the summer months. However, it is another story when November makes its melancholic entrance. With light deprivation being a major contributor to winter depression, attention is now focusing on initiatives that support outdoor activities. The exhibition lends references from as far as Winnipeg to Amsterdam that have made their cities more attractive during the winter months. “The Winter City” generously provides ideas for visiting, an extension of the exhibition, from the installation, The Winter Pavement on the corner of Kronprinsesse Sofies Vej and Holger Danskes Vej to The Winter City Garden in Hulgårds Plads.
Leaving DAC, I decided to distance myself from the hoards of Christmas shoppers, one outdoor activity that is still going strong regardless of the season. Instead, meandering around the city’s unique waterfront capturing snippets of light on the harbor’s water, reflecting that we should celebrate the winter solstice in this wonderful urban landscape. Discover your own favorite winter spaces, but first be inspired by this sympathetic exhibition, a collaboration between DAC and Platant, supported by Realdania.
“The Winter City” is open from the 18th. December until 21st February 2016.
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Photo credits: Phillip Mills