Copenhagen, Denmark has become one of the most sustainable cities in the world.  From its “five finger plan” to its walkability, it sets a standard for how cities should be designed.  This mixed use project seemed interesting to me because it represents the kind of innovation that was discussed in the Newman reading.

“The building is designed in compliance with the highest standards of the new Danish energy code. The building uses a mixed system of mechanical and natural ventilation, a high performance glass facade and other environmentally sustainable systems, such as sea water cooling. The heat gained in the building will be used to heat the public spaces in winter.” (Arch Daily)

This integration of different systems and way of thinking is so impressive and sets a tone for architecture in the 21st century.  In my Architectural Theory course we discuss the Industrial Revolution and mass production.  During this time people were just trying to spit out a product in the fastest amount of time.  This resulted in “cookie-cutter” homes along a curvilinear street. I think it is interesting how architecture is beginning to change and become more patient through time and technology.  Sustainability takes time and effort, however in the long term this effort will pay off immensely.  This new project represents the importance of systems and how they can be connected to one another and begin to help shape a better system of living.

I am hoping to study abroad in Denmark next Fall to learn more about their sustainability efforts and experience what it is like living in such an urban environment.