Going Green in Copenhagen

This season the museums and attractions of Copenhagen are all about sustainability, green energy, and recycling. ‘Going green’ has fast become a competitive worldwide trend and the city of Copenhagen is no exception to that. In fact Copenhagen was elected European Green Capital in 2014 and aims to become the world’s first CO2 neutral capital by 2025. The Copenhageners excel in sustainable solutions; bicycling, organic eating, and green energy. Go eco-friendly touristing in Copenhagen; stay at one of the city’s many eco-certified hotels, and visit this season’s special exhibitions themed around climate, energy consumption, and waste recycling.
Monday, February 27, 2017

Trash Talk

Let’s talk about trash: floors made of car tires, ceilings made of plastic bottles, and walls made of scrap wood. This spring’s special exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre, ‘Wasteland’, challenges our way of looking at garbage. Every year 1.3 million tons of waste is produced in Denmark alone and the waste production is fast growing in both volume and toxicity. These days, architects and designers are therefore looking into how we can recycle our plastics, metal, and paper – making one man’s trash into another man’s treasure. Wasteland is a window into an imminent future, when waste will play a crucial role in the way we live, work, and consume. The exhibition takes you on a journey of transformation from waste products to new materials, buildings, and even whole new urban areas made entirely of waste.
Wasteland, Danish Architecture Centre. 26th January – 17th April.  Learn more here .

Getting in the Zone
Just recently the brand new Experimentarium science center reopened in Hellerup north of Copenhagen. Experimentarium is a stimulating and ‘hands-on’ exhibition place for children (of all ages) to get in touch with their inner scientist. In the ‘Energy zone’ the focus is on energy consumption and alternative energy sources. Experiment with environment-friendly energy and generate your own power. Get a clear sense of how much power it requires to watch TV, when you have to pedal hard in order to keep the TV turned on.  In the CO2 Powerplay game you fight for the environment and for consumers in a race to keep society on its feet and the natural world alive. 
Energy Zone, Experimentarium. Learn more here.

Water Works
In 2017 one of the main exhibitions of The Cisterns in Søndermarken is a spectacular underground walk on an ocean of light and darkness. The prominent and internationally recognized Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi is regarded as one of the top experimentalists of sustainable architecture that approaches the global challenges of today. This exhibition at The Cisterns will take form as a wondrous installation in which Sambuichi’s approach to – and investigation of – the existing architecture and the surroundings will be demonstrated. The Cistern’s cave become a self-sufficient energy scape; an isolated cycle between water, light, air, plants, and humans – an underground landscape that visitors can venture into, investigate, and experience, between contrasts of unfathomable darkness and areas of subtle daylight.
The Water, The Cisterns. 21st March 2017 – 2nd February 2018. Learn more here.

Diesel Drives the World

Spend an exciting day at the DieselHouse and give in to your inner technology nerd. The DieselHouse holds one of the world’s largest diesel engines, The H.C. Ørsted engine from 1933. In the industrial society of the 1900s, the diesel engine became just as important as the steam engine was in the previous century. The diesel engine was the driving force of all the large ships providing our society with commodities, materials, and fuel. It propelled ferries, trains, and construction machinery of all kinds. Since the first engine was created the diesel engine has undergone an immense development when it comes to fuel consumption, and today it is designed to work on all kinds of more eco-friendly fuel: natural gas, hydrogen and even plant oil. Hear the whole fascinating story and follow the development of the diesel technology from the late 1800s to the present – and get a glimpse of the future too.   
Diesel powers the world, DieselHouse. Permanent exhibition - free. Learn more here.  

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Kathrine Maria Amann