MIPIM, which is one of the world’s largest property events, took place in Cannes, France, last week. We watched some of Denmark’s most creative architects talk about their projects to the crowds of real estate developers and investors.
To spread ideas about new ways to accommodate the growing number of inhabitants in the world, MIPIM organised a PechaKucha event, where the theme was ‘Housing the World: A Place for Everyone’. In these swift presentations, each speaker shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each to showcase his or her ideas, projects or thoughts. Attendees can break free from the threat of boredom and losing focus due to the quickly changing images and the constantly changing emphasis.
Founder and creative director of the Danish architectural firm 3XN, Kim Herforth Nielsen, amongst others, delivered a PechaKucha presentation to an almost full Grand Auditorium at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. Herforth Nielsen talked about affordable housing and how this type of housing can be made attractive to more people by making the architecture stand out.
Kim Herforth Nielsen took as his starting point the Lighthouse project at Aarhus Harbour. 3XN together with the Danish architectural office Gehl Architects and the Dutch architectural firm UNStudio designed this seaside community in Denmark’s second largest city with a mix of social and private housing. The idea behind the combination of private housing and social housing is to support diversity and give broad population groups the opportunity to live in attractive dwellings near the seaside. The project was, therefore, based on thorough studies of social settings, trends in culture and lifestyle, as well as the location’s significant weather conditions.
Later that day, a senior partner at the Danish architectural firm schmidt hammer lassen architects, Kristian Ahlmark, gave a 20-minute talk on hybrid community building. Ahlmark elaborated on schmidt hammer lassen architects’ effort toward making community buildings more hybrid. He showed first the Black Diamond in Copenhagen as an early example of a hybrid community building – a place where multiple functions are built into the same complex.
Kristian Ahlmark used Dokk1, which is a new multi-purpose library in Aarhus, as one of his company’s latest examples of a hybrid community building. At Dokk1, people can go to the public library as well as get their passport renewed at the Citizen Service department, while their kids play outside in the playground created by the Danish playground designers Monstrum. The whole area surrounding Dokk1 was designed by the Danish architectural practice Kristine Jensens Tegnestue.
By the end of the event, a total of 21,500 people from 89 countries had participated in this year’s MIPIM, 1,500 of whom were designers or architects. With more than 1,000 projects presented during the four days of MIPIM, the event also boasted around 100 sessions, according to official numbers.