Coastal Imaginaries, the Danish Pavilion at the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale
At the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale – which will take place from 20 May to 26 November 2023 – the Danish Pavilion presents the exhibition Coastal Imaginaries.
Curated by Josephine Michau – co-founder and director of the Copenhagen Architecture Festival – the exhibition will turn the spotlight on strategies for dealing with the rising sea levels, one of the most serious consequences of climate change. Over 410 million people are predicted to be at risk from rising sea levels by 2100.
cover: From the left, clockwise, Christian Friedländer, Peter Albtrechtsen, David Garcia, Anna Aslaug Lund, Alexandra Wedderkopp Emelianov, Ellen Leer, Josephine Michau.
Photo Rasmus Hjortshoj – BW
“We’re in the middle of the Anthropocene Age – that is, the age of mankind – where geologists have declared humanity to be a geological force on equal terms with volcanoes, meteor strikes, and tectonic shifts. Humans are contributing to many of the crises we are facing today, including the biodiversity crisis, the climate crisis, the environmental crisis, and the food crisis. We not only have the opportunity, but also the duty, to take action and reverse this trend, and the architects who design our physical surroundings play a vital role in this,” says the Curator Josephine Michau.
In the two historical buildings that house the Danish pavilion – Carl Brummer’s from 1932 and Peter Koch’s from 1958 – visitors will be able to explore the exhibition of sustainable solutions to how we can adapt to the rising sea levels and ever more frequent storms floods caused by climate change, which will dramatically change our coastal landscapes this century.
The Danish Pavilion. Photo Hampus Berndtson.
Coastal Imaginaries; diorama. Photo Christian Friedländer
Barrier islands, Venice. Photo Anna Aslaug Lund
Complex challenges require an interdisciplinary approach.
The exhibition’s content is being developed in collaboration with landscape architectural firm Schønherr and a number of Denmark’s leading researchers and students from various Danish institutions, including architect and landscape architect Anna Aslaug Lund – representing the research project Mitigating Sea Level Rise, which is being conducted as a partnership between the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the Aarhus School of Architecture (ARCH) and the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) – as well as architect and Associate Professor David Garcia and students in the Architecture and Extreme Environments graduate master program at the Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation.
Internationally recognized scenographer and artist Christian Friedländer, and Peter Albrechtsen, sound designer, will be translating parts of the research into sensory and spatial experiences, making the coastal landscapes of the future more tangible for visitors to the pavilion.
The Danish Architecture Center has been appointed by the Danish Ministry of Culture as commissioner of the official submission at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The project is sponsored by Realdania, the Ministry of Culture Denmark, and the Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Architecture Grants and Project Funding.
From the left: Alexandra Wedderkopp Emelianov, Peter Albtrechtsen, Christian Friedländer, Josephine Michau, David Garcia, Anna Aslaug Lund, Ellen Leer. Photo Rasmus Hjortshoj.
Images, courtesy of the Danish Pavilion.