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Copenhagen Architecture Festival presents 2022 program

October 6–16, 2022

Discover the Copenhagen Architecture Festival 2022 events, film screenings, talks, exhibitions, open houses, and guided tours—the most immersive examination of placemaking in Scandinavia.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Copenhagen Architecture Festival is back with a sizable, adoring, and critical festival that this time revolves on the theme “Sense of Place.”

A fierce festival complex that will spread across media, fields of knowledge, institutions, and city spaces will take over the Danish capital from October 6 to 16 in an effort to ground the conversation about the city in the versatility of the city. Over 100 events will focus on the cultural, economic, and climatic contexts that define the city and its architecture.

Places are “physical environments that individuals naturalize via patterns, behavior, and communication,” according to French philosopher Henry Lefebvre. Indeed, places develop as we read about them, interact with them, and relate to them. We experience places phenomenologically and culturally because we live them every day and have done so for a very long time.

We will explore how we sense, experience, and understand places, and how architecture and urban planning help to create them, through a variety of exhibitions, talks, lectures, film screenings, workshops, guided tours, open houses, electronic music performances, and much more, under the umbrella of this year’s theme, “Sense of Place.”

October 8–9, Don’t miss the film program curated by one of the most influential architecture theorists of our time, Juhani Pallasmaa! We have invited Pallasmaa to select and introduce four films that encapsulate some of Pallasmaa’s thoughts on the importance of affective architecture in film and of the senses for experiencing architecture. Enjoy Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia and Pallasmaa’s mini-lecture on the importance of the film medium for architectural communication and understanding; Michelangelo Antonioni’s The PassengerAlfred Hitchcock’s Rope with introduction and lecture by Pallasmaa and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

October 6–November 18, Copenhange Architecture Festival is excited to host the exhibition New Methods for Big Challenges: Architecture and Extreme Environments about architect David Garcia‘s work on creating an architecture that is in balance with both human needs and the planet’s ecosystemic limits. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of events that expand our understanding of extreme weather conditions as an inescapable condition of life and architecture. Here you can meet the artist group Superflex, architect Henry Glogau curator Jacob Lillemose, publishing director Kristoffer Weiss and the design studio SAGA Space Architects.

Oct. 8, 4:30 p.m. Boonserm Premthada, one of the most important architects of our time, is the subject of the world premiere of Big Ears Listen With Feet, the latest film from renowned filmmakers Bêka & Lemoine. The film is a free cinematic journey through the landscapes of chance encounters, events, and places that have shaped the identity and sensibility of one of Thailand’s most interesting architects. Join Bêka & Lemoine in Bangkok for a frenetic day journey across the South Asian megacity’s wild concrete jungle!

We also cordially invite you to this year’s The Street-themed film program. From the perilous streets of Martin Scorsese to the depressing streets of Georg Pabst, the street is a particularly special place in both real life and in the world of cinema. You are invited to join us as we explore the relationship between cinema and the street through six film screenings, concerts, and presentations. So put away the computer and TV, and come to Cinemateket if you want to learn more about the relationship between the street and film. These movies are available to watch in this series:

October 6, 4:15pm, Mean Streets I: Mean Streets by Martin Scorcese
October 7, 4:30pm, The erotic street: Friday Night by Claire Denis
October 10, 7pm, Dangerous Street II: Manila in the Claws of Light by Lino Brocka
October 15, 7pm, The social street: Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee
October 16, 4:30pm, The antisocial streetNeighboring Sounds by Kleber Mendonca Filho
October 16, 8:30pm, The dilapidated street: Behind the mask of joy by Georg Pabst with a silent film concert by Vanity Productions.

Urban Interventions – Miniseminar With Raumlabor And Collectif Etc: October 16, 4:30-7:00pm a discussion on place, local networks and methods.
Halmtorvet 27, 1700 København

Domestic Connectedness: October 7, 4:00-8:00pm, an exhibition exploring the home as a place affected by the digital infrastructures. LETH & GORI, Absalonsgade 21B, 1658 København

Wetlands as Coastal-Commons of the Future: October 8, 4:30–6:30pm, a conversation on socially and environmentally sustainable future coastal landscapes.
Akademisk Arkitektforening, Åbenrå 34, 1124 København


Check out all our other events on Copenahgen Architecture Festival’s full program.
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