Copenhagen

Danish Architecture Centre | Copenhagen, Denmark | Winter 2014

In October 2014 an updated and expanded version of Reprogramming the City premiered at the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, with a focus on some great initiatives for repurposing urban infrastructure being done in Denmark and Scandinavia. (More info here; and a virtual tour of the venue is here.)

Premiering in Copenhagen was the bold idea to safeguard future urban food supplies. BuzzBuilding, by Belathew Labs, aims to make Stockholm self-sufficient in protein by transforming the city’s traffic roundabouts into a series of insect farms and bee sanctuaries under their InsectCity project which embraces a number of infrastructural elements of the city as potential food production areas.

Growing Underground, London, UK
Growing Underground, London, UK

There is considerable momentum in the field of repurposing urban infrastructure for food production, as a number of projects along these lines made their entrance into the Reprogramming the City arena in Copenhagen. Rooftop farms are represented with Copenhagen’s impressive ØsterGro, while at the other end of the spectrum is Growing Underground, a new initiative that uses disused deep level London Underground tunnels as growing areas to produce local food for London today, and a climate safe growing environment for the future.

Urban Air by Stephen Glassman
Urban Air by Stephen Glassman

Also featured were new images and updated project information from projects such as Urban Air (above) and a range of other projects that were part of the project’s Boston premiere.