19 Oct 2023

The heart of the city

As the 2023 UNESCO World Capital of Architecture, Copenhagen could provide valuable insights into how to create more human-centred urban spaces.

Architect Sofie Lund Micheaelson explained what makes the Danish capital so special in an article on the archdaily website.

She highlighted how residents use Copenhagen’s network of canals as peaceful places where they can escape busy city lives, with neighbourhoods and communities that have their own distinct identities.

And she also pointed to how the city has managed to reimagine its industrial past to create thriving neighbourhoods that blend the old and new.

Former industrial sites have been transformed into culture and leisure venues and also provide homes for start-ups and food businesses.

Sustainability is also an important part of the city’s development, with eco-friendly transport and buildings such as the Royal Danish Playhouse. The harbourside arts centre is designed to regulate its temperature using seawater during summer and solar panels in winter.

The World Capital of Architecture is awarded every three years and celebrates the role of architecture in creating urban identity. Barcelona has been named as 2026’s winning city.

Find out more about the award.

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