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…. I 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: And a sweeeeet climbing wall You 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! Beep beep boop! Each ‘clawful’ is 5 tons of garbage….Employees keep kayaks and wakeboards on hand because next door there is a conveyer-driven wakeboard course!The 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:
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…