On August 29, the exhibition Create with aarhUS – city development of a Nordic metropolis opens in Aarhus. The Danish Minister for Culture, Mr Bertel Haarder, and the Mayor of Aarhus, Mr Jacob Bundsgaard, will take part in the opening ceremony alongside a number of Danish architects.
The exhibition shows Aarhus’ architecture and architects and – not least – the city’s holistic urban development, which is unique in an international context.
“I know that it might sound pompous, but it’s actually true: Many places and many developers can learn something from the way that we plan and develop in Aarhus,” said Carina Serritzlew, head of The Architecture Project, when the exhibition opened at HafenCity Hamburg in May.
Hamburg was the last stop on the exhibition’s tour around Germany; a tour that showed thousands of visitors in Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg how a city can grow in a sustainable, human-centre way.
Urban development of a growing city
Aarhus is indeed a ‘City of Growth’, a city that is currently undergoing a huge transformation. The city’s development strategy is based on a vision of a 20-year growth of 75,000 inhabitants, 50,000 jobs, 50,000 homes and 15,000 new student places.
The plan is to develop new sustainable towns in rural areas, connected to the city centre by a brand new light rail system. Furthermore, a part of the strategy is that all educational and cultural institutions are centrally located and accessible to all. Besides this, several city areas are currently being transformed and the city is being ‘densified’ throughout, enabling Aarhus to fulfil its ambition to be CO2-neutral by 2030.
The aim of Aarhus’ continuous focus on high-level architecture and comprehensive urban planning is to maintain and develop Aarhus’ position as the ‘City of Growth’, so that Aarhus in the future will continue to be regarded as a well-run and attractive city to live and work in.
The exhibition is open every day from 10 AM to 10 PM, from August 29 to September 5 2015. It takes place at Dokk1, Hack Kampmanns Plads 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. The opening ceremony is part of our RISING Architecture Week pre-event.