Danish Architecture Center

Shifts: The economic crisis and its consequences for architecture

Exhibition period

February 7 - May 25, 2014

The exhibition ‘Shifts’ looked at the influence of the financial crisis on architects and architecture’s social role.

The Danish/Dutch Powerhouse Company, in collaboration with the architecture critic, Hans Ibelings, have created the exhibition “Shifts”, which looked at the influence of the financial crisis on architects and architecture’s social role.

“Shifts” spotlighted how the global financial crisis of 2008 has affected architecture; what was going on prior to the crisis; and what effect the crisis has had on architects. For example, when architects have designed only 5% of our buildings, is it still relevant to claim that architects are responsible for the way, in which we live and work? And how does the crisis affect architects’ future responsibilities?

“Shifts”: The Economic Crisis and its Consequences for Architecture is created by Powerhouse Company in collaboration with the architecture critic and historian, Hans Ibelings. The exhibition at the Danish Architecture Center was supported by Realdania