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Visit to Musholm – AART

While we often denote sustainability with environmental advances in energy efficiency, the broader meaning of sustainable architecture in Denmark includes social and economic sustainability as well. We visited a great example of an architectural response to social sustainability, the Musholm project in Korsør, Denmark, by AART architects. This holiday and sports facility is one of […]

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Visit to UN City – 3XN/GXN

Yesterday we visited 3XN/GXN’s studio in an old gunboat shed in Holmen, Copenhagen. We learned about their combined research and architecture divisions and saw some of GXN’s material research first hand. To learn more about this research, see one of our previous posts. They gave us a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of the UN City building […]

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Visit to Bo01 Development | Malmö, Sweden

Sweden – Today we visited the “City of Tomorrow,” otherwise known as Bo01 in Malmö, Sweden. The site of a former brownfield along the city’s western harbour was developed beginning in 2000 as part of an international housing exhibition, and Bo01 is as much a modern architectural endeavour as it was a testing ground for […]

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St. Kjeld’s Neighbourhood

‘Climate change is a huge opportunity to build greener cities. We should stop pushing nature away and stop pretending that we can push the weather away.’ —Flemming Rafn Thomsen, Architect, Tredje Natur DENMARK – A neighbourhood in the port city of Copenhagen, St. Kjeld’s, was partially revitalized in 2014 as the world’s first climate-change-adapted neighborhood, […]

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3XN/GXN

Denmark – While most architects are known for designing buildings, some of the world’s most innovative architecture firms have research divisions that study how we can live better lives within our built environment. Take 3XN, one of Denmark’s leading architecture practices, as an example: a decade ago the firm launched GXN to investigate new green […]

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Energy Flex House

  Denmark – If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live in a house without any energy bills, you may want to consider becoming a test subject for the Energy Flex House—Denmark’s first energy neutral residence. Developed by Henning Larsen Architects in conjunction with the Danish Technological Institute and Buro Happold Engineers, the Energy […]

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Woodcube | Germany

Germany—Aptly named for its recognizable form, Hamburg’s Woodcube offers a strategy for constructing multi-storey housing with a renewable natural resource material commonly found in northern climates—wood! Since wood is especially abundant in Canada, we’re eager to see the unique construction methods developed by Architekturagentur, the firm behind this innovative project, in the context of a […]

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The Mountain | Denmark

Denmark – A residential development called “The Mountain,” known for its distinct form amidst the suburban district of Ørestad, is one of the highlights on our upcoming trip to Copenhagen. Instead of creating two separate buildings for parking and living, architects BIG chose to combine these two programs in a form that allows all 80 […]

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ZEB Pilot House | Norway

Norway – We will be visiting the ZEB Pilot house in Ringdalskogen, Larvik, Norway designed by Snøhetta and completed in 2014. Built as a pilot project with The Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings, it is a demonstration project created to facilitate learning on building methodology for ‘energy-plus’ houses with integrated sustainable solutions.

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BIQ House | Germany

Germany – Part of our upcoming travel includes the International Building Exhibition in Hamburg, where we will visit the world’s first algae powered building, the BIQ House, featuring a glass façade that is the first of its kind to generate renewable energy through the use of photobioreactors.

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