Danish
Architecture
Centre

About the Curators

Monday, September 07, 2015

The exhibition in the Danish pavilion will be curated by two strong profiles. Over the years, Boris Brorman Jensen and Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss have observed, debated and contributed to Danish architecture and urban planning through books, articles, teaching and exhibitions.

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BORIS BRORMAN JENSEN

Boris Brorman Jensen is an independent researcher, consultant and practising architect. He studied at the Aarhus School of Architecture and Buffalo State and holds a PhD from Aalborg University. He has also been affiliated with several international architecture schools and universities, including the University of Sydney, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Boris Brorman Jensen is active on several counsels, boards and committees. He has published and exhibited a large number of research projects on globalisation, urban development and architectural theory. He has also been involved in several award-winning urban design and planning projects with various collaborative partners. 

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Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss holds a degree in philosophy. Throughout his career, he has worked with architecture and urban development as a partner at architectural firm EFFEKT (2003-2007), as a lecturer at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, as an exhibitor and as an architecture critic for Danish newspapersDagbladet InformationandWeekendavisen. Kristoffer Lindgardt Weiss is also a partner at the consultancy firm Wallner Weiss.

As a writer, Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss contributes to a large number of Danish and international magazines and publications. In 2012, he published the book The New Wave in Danish Architecture on developments in Danish architecture over the past ten years, focusing on the breakthrough of a new generation of architectural firms. As a partner at EFFEKT, he worked on the 2006 project that won the Golden Lion for the Danish contribution to the Architecture Biennale in Venice: Co-evolution.

Statement from curators

Humanism is a central leitmotif in Danish architecture. The ideal of focusing on the human dimension permeates the official architecture policy, dominates contemporary architectural discourse and is highlighted time and again when Danish architects talk about their visions and projects.

The architecture and urban spaces of the Danish welfare state are designed with humanism as their ideological sounding board. From schools, city halls and hospitals to affordable housing, climate adaptation, recreational areas, parks and infrastructure - everything is associated with humanistic ideas.

The Danish appear to be committed to creating architecture that improves quality of life, appeals to the human senses and embodies the principles of individual rights and freedom upon which Danish society is built.

A humanistic architecture that promotes a sense of community and expresses civic pride is now at the top of the agenda. However, there is not much agreement on how, when and by what means this 'humanistic architecture' should be realised.

The exhibition seeks to explore and present good examples at all levels of architectural interpretation of the humanistic principles brought into play by contemporary architecture.

Boris Brorman Jensen

Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss