September will see architecture as the focal point of tremendous activity in Copenhagen with the city running its first RISING Architecture Week from 15 – 18 September 2015. With a total of over fifty architecture-themed events as well as a two-day conference, including workshops, talks and dialogues, RISING is set to become a new high-profile annual event for architects from all over the world to interact and showcase their work. This year’s theme is Growing Cities. We have selected a few highlights for you here.
The RISING Lecture Hall and Playground will host two days of activities, where more than 500 international professionals and other visionaries within the building industry will meet and participate in various events. For instance, each day, the Lecture Hall will present international keynote speakers, who will challenge how we see architecture and urbanisation. Each presentation will be followed up by on-stage interviews and debates involving all the participants.
The Playground welcomes curious and playful souls. According to the organisers, people’s imaginations are going to be stimulated and their hands are going to get dirty, as people will be encouraged to shape, create and invent designs with their colleagues and perhaps future business partners.
RISING is also not just confined to the Lecture Hall and Playground as events are planned throughout the city. For instance, at CPH Shelter, which is a mobile housing system that is showcased during RISING, you can enjoy a meal at a pop-up restaurant. Or why not go for a ride with Danish architect firm Henning Larsen? The firm invites the public to go on a bike trip with them to experience the architecture of Copenhagen’s inner harbour from atop a bike seat.
Or why not get out on the water? Danish architectural practice COBE Architects, which is currently working on the largest metropolitan development project in Scandinavia – redefining Nordhavn, the northern harbour district of Copenhagen – invites the public to go on a boat trip from PapirØen (The Paper Island) to Nordhavn.
Among the keynote speakers in the Lecture Hall is Jason Roberts, who is a US-based artist and urban interventionist. Roberts is the founder of the Better Block Project, a guerrilla art installation project that is transforming a blighted commercial block in the inner city neighbourhood of Oak Cliff through the installation of pop-up businesses, painted bike lanes and street trees.
“I’m honoured to take part in RISING 2015, and to share and learn with other civic innovators who are challenging the way we think of supporting the growth and vitality of cities and their public life. It’s an honour to have the opportunity to come together in Copenhagen, a city that has inspired many of our block interventions, and to sit at the table among so many others who are passionate about exploring new avenues for enhancing the built environment,” says Jason Roberts.
The Lecture Hall’s programme also includes a lecture about growing sustainable cities, which will focus on new developments in sustainable building and asks: “How do we design and build and how should we?”. These questions will be answered and discussed by leading experts, including the co-founder of Danish architect firm 3XN, Kim Herforth Nielsen, and the partner in Danish architectural practice C.F. Møller, Julian Weyer.
In addition, Kjetil Thorsen, co-founder of the multidisciplinary Norwegian architectural practice Snøhetta, will participate in Soulcity – a talk about unique ways of working with architecture to bring soul and life to a city.