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Danish architecture in demand worldwide

January 11, 2010

Just a few years ago, the only major Danish architectural achievement internationally was the Sydney Opera House. Today, Danish architecture is in high demand across the globe. According to the Danish Association of Architectural Firms, Danish architectural exports have increased by 40% in 2006, 38% in 2007, and 2% in 2008. Villadsen explains that this increase in demand is due to the people centered, environmentally sustainable characteristics of Danish architecture.

http://www.denmark.dk/en/menu/Business-Lounge/Focus-Denmark/Articles/DanishArchitectureInDemandWorldwide.htm

This seems to parallel my own research on Danish jazz, in which I’ve found that cultural institutions have defined a distinctive Danish “brand” of jazz and have very consciously tried to export it around the globe. This has resulted from a shift to a nationalistic cultural policy from one defined by multiculturalism.

Please share any thoughts/insights on this trend in architecture and cultural policy.

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  1. June 23, 2010 9:03 am

    Denmark is extreme for its design. Not at least in the area of furniture. One famous Danish designer Arne Jakobsen created one of most recognized world piece as a furniture in the 1950’s known as the 3107 chair. It is the most copied chair in the world with more than 5 million copies.

    And to share you some thoughts/insights on this trend in architecture and cultural policy, please visit:

    http://www.mydenmarktv.com/2009/07/15/episode-7-precision-of-public-transport-bargain-buys-danish-furniture-scholarships-in-denmark-and-roskilde-festival/

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