This city is wearing on me… As if being a behind-the-scenes guru for a 30-person excursion wasn’t enough, Copenhagen really takes it out of me sometimes. But they value design — mostly by Bjarke Ingels Group [BIG] — yeah, mostly that….IMG_0999 IMG_1001 IMG_1002I think this park [Superkilen in N∅rrebro], designed by BIG, was a kind of transgressive statement against green space. It is paved with colored cement and creates a huge heat island in the summer. However, Denmark really only has summer for about two months out of the year, so it is probably used quite differently in the winter.

I take issue with how gross the colored pavement looks after only a few years of use — I’m sure the pink and the orange looked great in renderings, but it looks dated and worn now. BIG also treats trees as sculptural elements [as opposed to trees] which results in these isolated ‘lollipop’ trees peppered irrationally throughout their spaces. Very architect-y of them.

Maybe that was the conversation they were trying to spark?

Further up the road we saw the Green Lighthouse on the University of Copenhagen campus:IMG_1003 And a sweeeeet climbing wallIMG_1005 IMG_1006You can tell the students loved it, because they were all over it!

On Tuesday we went to the Amagerforbrænding waste-to-energy plant, and saw its operations, which were very intense and hot [because they burn garbage to heat steam to turn a turbine], and what heat isn’t turned into electricity is used to heat water which goes to district heating!IMG_1018 IMG_1020 IMG_1021 Beep beep boop!IMG_1016 IMG_1019 IMG_1013 IMG_1011 Each ‘clawful’ is 5 tons of garbage….IMG_1012Employees keep kayaks and wakeboards on hand because next door there is a conveyer-driven wakeboard course!IMG_1023IMG_1014The cranes working on the new BIG project, Amager Bakke, a waste-to-energy plant which will have a ‘ski hill’ on top. See sexy rendering below:Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.51.37 PM

This perspective is confusing since there aren’t many huge green fields with angelic children that look across water at the site, but what do I know…