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Senior Press Officer at Danish Architecture Center
Johanne Troelsgaard Toft,
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We are delighted to announce that the Danish Pavilion at this year’s International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia has now opened for press previews, ahead of opening publicly on the 20th May.

The pavilion’s exhibition Coastal Imaginaries will explore the naturebased design of tomorrow’s coastal landscapes, providing concrete solutions to living with the rising sea levels and storm surges caused by climate change.

Josephine Michau, curator of the Danish contribution, calls Coastal Imaginaries “a laboratory for hope in a world of viral hopelessness”, in reference to this year’s Biennale title “The Laboratory of the Future” chosen by Lesley Lokko.

The presentation is the result of a collaborative effort between architects, researchers and artists. Landscape architectural studio Schønherr will present ‘Copenhagen Islands’, an innovative proposal to reshape the city’s classic urban development plan from 1947 to better equip it to cope with rising water levels.

In the exhibition, insights from the research project from the University of Copenhagen ‘Mitigating Sea Level Rise’ are presented in drawings and models, as well as examples of architect-designed solutions in the form of film, and prototypes from the Master’s programme ‘Architecture and Extreme Environments’ at the Royal Danish Academy of Architecture. The Pavilion will also feature a dramatically-staged coastal landscape of the future created by set designer Christian Friedländer, providing visitors with an immersive, sensory experience of climate change on a 1:1 scale.

Danish Architecture Center has been appointed by the Ministry of Culture Denmark as commissioner of the official Danish submission at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The contribution is selected and funded by the Ministry of Culture Denmark, the Danish Arts Foundation Committee for Architecture Grants and Project Funding, and the philanthropic foundation Realdania.

The 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia runs from May 20 through November 26, 2023.

Read more about the Danish contribution and about the International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia