The new wave in Danish architecture

This book represents the first comprehensive framing and treatment of the most important new development in Danish architecture of the 2000s. In the first years after 2000, a young generation of architects hit Danish architecture with renewed energy.

“The New Wave in Danish Architecture” explores the turn through interviews with architects and key stakeholders, essays and presentations of the architects and their works. The book explores how these young Danish architectural offices gained a foothold on the Danish and the international architectural scene in the 2000s with Danish office PLOT/BIG as first mover.

Among the 12 architectural firms portrayed and featured in the book are PLOT, BIG, JDS, COBE, Transform, Nord, EFFEKT, Adept and others. Comprehensive interviews with Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Winy Maas (MVRDV), Shohei Shigematsu (OMA), Julien De Smedt (JDS), Dan Stubbergaard (COBE) and many more.

The projects of the young Danish offices share certain key commonalities: a new pragmatism, a new willingness to engage in dialog with the world, and a new freshness and straightforwardness in their general approach and rhetoric. A new turn that has become a wave.

This new wave in Danish architecture has been applauded for addressing the time we live in – with globalization, scarce resources, climate issues, the IT revolution, a new media context and, most recently, an economic crisis. But it has also been accused of ignoring certain ideas in the Danish architectural tradition. The book addresses this debate and aims to spark a broader discussion about the future of Danish architecture.

“The new wave in Danish architecture” is not aimed exclusively at architects but at anyone with an interest in architecture. It is based on articles in the magazine Arkitektur DK, Nos. 1 and 2/2012, in an expanded and re-designed form.

The book is published by The Danish Architectural Press in both English and Danish.

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