The fourth iteration of the Copenhagen Architecture Festival, from 27 April to 7 May 2017, just came to an end. The numbers: 3 cities (the capital, as well as Aarhus and Aarbolg); 11 days of activities; over 150 events open to the public, including exhibitions, lectures, debates, concerts, conferences, films, guided visits (on bikes, of course) to discover works of architecture of yesterday and today; dozens of architects involved, from the most authoritative exponents of Danish architecture to leading international design figures.

The goal was to explore the concept of Architecture as Identity, a theme selected for this year’s featival by Josephine Michau, its director. Regarding the whole event, Michau remarked: “”I hope that the festival can help to unfold how architecture helps to create qualities in everyday life at a local, national and global level and to do it in an unpretentious, curious way that can bring a new look at the architecture and make it widely communicated. The festival is both for professionals and for the ’amateur’, and there is indeed something for both audiences.”

There were four main moments: film activities in all three cities, with screenings of over 40 films, including the world premiere of BIG Time, a professional but above all human portrait of Bjarke Ingels, the Danish starchitect who at the young age of 40 has become one of the world’s leading exponents of the world of design, with works completed on all continents.

The international conference held in Aarhus, European Cultural Capital 2017, explored the theme of Architecture as Character, with the participation of Danish and international architects.

The exhibitions, including Never Demolish!, held in two spaces, one in Copenhagen, at Space10, and one in Aarhus, a show on the revolutionary project of urban regeneration of 530 subsidized apartments in Bordeaux, France, done by Lacaton & Vassal, Druot and Hutin.

Finally, the bike tours in the three festival cities, guided by local architects to discover virtuous works of architecture that have changed the image of the urban fabric (see the photo gallery).

Text by Laura Ragazzola – Photos by Kasper Nybo