Category Archives: Urban planning

Urban Rigger Afloat

A northerly wind rips through Copenhagen’s harbor whipping the water into a frenzy. A couple of hardened kayakers battle their way into the wind. I eventually find the Urban Rigger’s construction moored at Refshale Island (Refshalsøen) afloat and remarkably steady considering the blustery conditions. Urban Rigger is yet another creative initiative addressing the challenges of providing affordable […]
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Belvedere Bridge: Connecting The Wharfs

Last week the wings of an eagle landed on Copenhagen’s South Harbor, Sydhavnen, metaphorically speaking, spanning the Belvedere Canal. The opening of yet another pedestrian and cycle bridge, the Belvedere Bridge is another piece in the puzzle connecting Enghave and Frederik’s Wharf.  Although the breadth of the canal is a modest 25 meters, the bridge offers locals and […]
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COBE: OUR URBAN LIVING ROOM

Copenhagen’s transformation from an archaic industrial and harbor metropolis to an environmental and user-friendly city during the last 10 years has been well documented. The rejuvenation of the Danish capital’s waterfront, the pedestrian and biking infrastructure, the redevelopment of public spaces and attracting young families back into the city with contemporary residential projects, have become […]
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Transitional Dwellings: A Place To Be

Stumbling upon Jane Ostermman-Petersen‘s transitional dwellings was as unexpected as welcome. Sitting on the terrace of one of her dwellings, with Jane, on an Indian Summers day with a sky so blue, it was difficult to grasp our location. Refhaleøen, this vast bastion of Copenhagen’s former maritime glory is today a playground, a laboratory for creative […]
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Sluseholmen: Work In Progress

CPH City & Port Development recently released aerial views of Copenhagen’s harbor that are not only stunning, but show the progress of the city’s residential projects, especially in Sluseholmen and Teglholmen. Indeed, South Harbor’s skyline is now punctuated by that most blessed of sights, the building crane, with extensive development in Sluseholmen’s southern area and Teglholmen […]
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Copenhagen’s Harbor, Full Circle

It has been along time coming. The jinxed Inner Harbor Bridge opened a couple of weeks ago in Copenhagen, not so much to a stirring fanfare more of a deep sigh of relief. The Inner Harbor Bridge, now connects central Copenhagen to Amager for pedestrians and cyclists and though the 3 year delay has been […]
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Copenhagen: The Seaplane Has Landed

It came from the south-west, swooping around my hood, Sluseholmen, like a friendly bird showing off its flying skills. Copenhagen’s first seaplane service connecting Denmark’s two largest cities was about to make its first official landing. Copenhagen has at long last joined that exclusive club of harbor cities such as Vancouver and Sydney that exploit their […]
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8Tallet: Tying The Knot

There can be few residential buildings that dominate its urban landscape with such visual impact than 8Tallet in Copenhagen. Completed in 2010, this mix of 476 apartments and commercial space, designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, has harvested countless awards for pushing architectural boundaries. Located at the very most southern tip of Ørestad on the […]
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Copenhagen’s Metro Art: Cool Construction

For the last 8 years Copenhagen’s urban landscape has been transformed as the city’s metro system is being extended. A further 17 underground stations are currently being constructed with a further 15 km of metro tunnel being added on the current line. Many of Copenhagen’s historical sites, squares and public spaces have and are still […]
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Copenhagen’s Winter Spaces

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 […]
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