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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Architecture in Copenhagen

While Copenhagen is walkable and bikable for a myriad of reasons, it is worth noting that its architecture is one such reason. Monotonous facades make for a dull pedestrian experience. While sculptural or large buildings don’t cater to the human scale at the street level, they provide a point of reference and landmark for pedestrians and cyclists. Additionally, the variety that such structures add to the city skyline increases visual interest.

Another way in which the architecture of Copenhagen contributes to sustainability is in its skillful incorporation of new buildings amidst older ones. This strategy takes advantage of the embodied energy in existing buildings while increasing density with the addition of new buildings.

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