Project Brief

Danske Bank together with Danica Pension is inviting students at the Aarhus School of Architecture to participate in the design competition for the urban activation of "Sydhavns Plads" in the Sydhavn district of Aarhus.

The brief is to create an Urban Activation Furniture of Re-Use materials, that dares to challenge: what is public assembly? In the age of the Coronavirus, this is ever so relevant.

Making Things Public – Atmospheres of Democracy is an immense editorial and exhibition project; curated by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel at the ZKM in Karlsruhe in 2005. The project consists of a broad group of more than 100 writers, artists, scientists and philosophers, in a joint effort to create a many-faced collection, that searches for democracy beyond the official sphere of professional politics.

The proposals should seek to create a vibrant and inclusive public realm that links the new neighborhood under construction to its past. The occupation should be temporary and respectful towards the office worker’s privacy sphere on the ground floor, but otherwise free to creative exploration and in spirit.

Both group |max 3 persons| and individual entries are accepted. The competition encourage proposals with a good understanding of the three themes and an issue-engaging approach.

The Urban Activation Furniture will be on the plaza for at least four years and can be either one whole object or several free-standing objects.

See Competition Program pdf for further details.