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Karen Blixens Plads wins the Climate Prize in Building Awards 2020

Karen Blixens Plads has been announced as winner of the Climate Prize in this year's Building Awards. The award is given on the basis of creating innovative solutions in relation to future climate challenges. The jury elaborates on the award:

“A plane, dull and wind-swept site has been transformed into an open and inviting urban space that considers and promotes green transportation, climate proofing and biodiversity. A powerful example of how climate proofing not necessarily needs to be boring and “unsexy".

The project has succeeded in creating an urban space, that takes part in providing Denmark against incipient and future climate changes. Moreover, the university square connects a large campus area with aesthetic and practical solutions that not only include handling of rainwater and wind but also merges the plaza with the neighbouring greenery and smoothly encourages the most climate neutral kind of transportation: The bicycle.”


Cobe selected for architecture competition for Millennium-Areal in Frankfurt

In corporation with the City of Frankfurt, CA Immo has invited Cobe to compete for the Millennium-Areal in the heart of Frankfurt’s Europaviertel. The goal is to develop a 185,000-square-metre mixed-use building complex. With two towers respectively 260-metre and 150-metre tall and a low-rise development, the project will include Germany’s tallest tower when completed.

Cobe is invited as one of eight architecture firms, including David Chipperfield (UK/DE), Herzog & de Meuron (CH), OMA (NL), Ferdinand Heide Architekt (DE), Ingenhoved Architects (D), Schneider+Schumacher (DE) and 3xN (DK).

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Karen Blixens Plads is finalist in Building Awards 2020

Karen Blixens Plads is in the running for the Climate Prize in this year's Building Awards, selected for creating innovative solutions in relation to future climate challenges.

The winner in each of the seven awards categories will be announced weekly, with the Climate Prize being awarded on October 8 2020.

Read all about Building Awards 2020 here.

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AAU Science & Innovation Hub breaking ground

AAU Science & Innovation Hub breaks ground at Aalborg University.

The 8,500 m² campus extension will provide spaces for both lively research and focused concentration where students will be able to inhabit a new type of un-programmed workshop spaces named Garages. The garages alongside the atrium street will be the innovative basis for informal learning, acting as a supplement to the formal education and research offered at Aalborg University.

AAU Science & Innvation Hub is set for completion in 2022.

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Køge Nord Station and Karen Blixens Plads shortlisted for Dezeen Awards 2020

Køge Nord Station and Karen Blixens Plads are shortlisted for Dezeen Awards 2020. The two projects are among 64 architecture projects from 23 countries in the running for awards, selected among 302 longlistees.

Dezeen Awards 2020 also introduces a public voting, where everyone can vote for a project in 12 different project categories. Køge Nord Station is shortlisted as ‘Infrastructure project of the year’, and Karen Blixens Plads is shortlisted as ‘Landscape project of the year’. The projects with the most votes in each of the 12 categories will be announced as public vote winners. Voting closes on 12 October 2020.

Vote for Karen Blixens Plads and Køge Nord Station here.

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Dan Stubbergaard in online public debate on the future of cities, co-hosted by New York Institute of Technology and the Consulate General of Denmark in New York

Founder of Cobe, Dan Stubbergaard, will participate in "The Future of Cities: Urban Regeneration in a Time of Crisis" virtual debate taking place September 15 2020, 3:00 PM (CEST).

Co-hosted by New York Institute of Technology and the Consulate General of Denmark in New York, the public virtual event aims to discuss the critical role that urban regeneration and resilience will play to address the global climate crisis.

Besides Stubbergaard the panel also includes: Matthias Altwicker (Principal, Studio A+H and Associate Professor of Architecture, New York Institute of Technology), Ehsan Kamel (Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Director of Energy and Green Technologies Laboratory, New York Institute of Technology), Suzanne Musho (Vice President for Capital Panning and Facilities Management, New York Institute of Technology), and Mirella A. Vitale (Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communication and Public Affairs, ROCKWOOL Group).

Mark Chambers (Chief Sustainability Officer, City of New York) will open the panel discussion before involving the panel in the debate moderated by Maria R. Perbellini (Dean, School of Architecture and Design, New York Institute of Technology). Ambassador of the Consul General of Denmark In New York, Berit Basse, will be giving the closing remarks.

Read more about the event and sign up here.

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New ultra-fast charging station at the Great Belt Link

The second ultra-fast charging station for electric vehicles, powered by Clever, has opened at the Western bridge of the Great Belt Link, Storebæltsforbindelsen, in Denmark. The new station is part of a network of 48 sustainable, fast-charging stations planned along Scandinavian highways.

The pilot EV charging station opened last year in the city of Fredericia, creating a meaningful break and inspiring both the driver and other road users to change their habits. The EV charging network is designed as certified wooden canopy modules, constructed for future disassembly and scalable to match a rapid global shift in mobility patterns.

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Dan Stubbergaard is key note speaker at Building Green 2020

Building Green has announced their 10 year anniversary program, including Cobe's Founder Dan Stubbergaard as key note speaker on the topic "Design for life" on October 28 2020.

Based on the theme 'New decade and anniversary – accelerate sustainability now!', Building Green each year gathers the construction industry to discuss sustainable construction and architecture. The public event runs from 28 to 29 October 2020 in Copenhagen, DK.

Sign up for free here.

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Deutzer Hafen receives DGNB Platinum

Deutzer Hafen in Cologne has been pre-certified with DGNB platinum – the DGNB certification system's highest possible ranking within sustainability. The certification is the result of developing a flood resistant urban neigbourhood, where water challenges are turned into water resources. Among others, all rainwater is collected and filtered naturally in an integrated water handling system, ending up in a new public harbour pool and waterfall. Streetscapes and public spaces are shaped to mitigate and contain the flow of water from the Rhine River, while focus on future means of transport and new networks of bike paths are established at a flooding-safe height, as well as diverse building sites and types ensure a livable and mixed city.

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adidas HALFTIME honored with Iconic Awards 2020

The German Design Council has honored adidas with an Iconic Award for Innovative Architecture – given for adidas' two new buildings at its “World of Sports” HQ in Germany: HALFTIME by Cobe and ARENA by Behnisch Architekten.

Statement from the jury:
"Although the two buildings are notably different in their aesthetics, they nevertheless reflect the brand values of the world-famous sportswear manufacturer – performance, passion, integrity, diversity – with consistency and clarity right down to the details both inside and out. Two remarkable projects which, with their iconic architecture, not only do justice in a very particular way to the company's aspirations of modernity and contemporary functionality, but which are also a striking testament to adidas's visionary strength and its readiness for the extraordinary."

See more info here.