Morten Schmidt talks at AIA Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia

On Nov 16 Founding Partner Morten Schmidt will be at the AIA Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia, for the 25th Annual Speaker Forum to talk about our global experience in the design of libraries and other public and cultural landmark buildings. He will also present some of our on-going projects from Detroit, to Melbourne and Shanghai which have attracted the attention of the global media.

When/ Nov 16th, 6:30-9:30PM
Where/ Slover Library, 235 East Plume Street, Norfolk, VA, 23510, United States

For more information, see aiahr.org


Partner Chris Hardie lectures about “Democratic Architecture” at BAU Congress China 2017

This year, BAU Congress China 2017 is being held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center where Partner Chris Hardie will talk about “Democratic Architecture in China” under the key theme of “Projects for China”.


The congress will focus on future-oriented urban developments, the latest technological solutions in architecture and sustainable projects that have been implemented in China. More details can be found here


When/ 09:30AM – 10:15AM, November 10th
Where/ Shanghai New International Expo Center (Room N2-1)


Partner Chris Hardie talks at AIA Shanghai NEXT ARCH-SERIES 2017

Tomorrow November 9th, Partner Chris Hardie will be talking at the AIA Shanghai NEXT ARCH-SERIES 2017 about some of our cultural work in China.


NEXT ARCH-SERIES 2017 is a series of 6 half-day events to showcase cutting-edge ideas, projects and practices that will impact the next generation of architecture and design profession as well as the future of the built environment. More details can be found here


When/ 1:00 PM
Where/ JingAn Kerry Centre, Shanghai, China


Christchurch’s New Central Library has its official name — Tūranga

The City Council recently approved the name, which was gifted by Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga and reflects the relationship with Whitireia, the traditional name for Cathedral Square.


“In oral tradition Whitireia was the name of the house of Paikea, the ancestor who travelled here on the back of a whale,” says Carolyn Robertson, Head of Libraries and Information. “Tūranga was where his house was located, so the name honours the Māori tradition while reflecting the library’s new location in the heart of the city.”


Tūranga is scheduled to open mid-next year and will be the flagship for the Christchurch City Libraries network, supporting 19 community, digital, and mobile libraries which last year hosted 3.7 million visits and issued almost 4.5 million items. More information can be found here


And discover Tūranga at shl.dk/christchurch-central-library


SHL Head of Business Asia, Mavis Lian, speaks at the Shanghai World Creative Economy Summit

On this coming Friday 27th, October 2017 Shanghai World Creative Economy Summit (SWCES) will be held at Nanxiang Town of Jiading District in Shanghai, where SHL Head of Business Asia Mavis Lian will speak about “Building communities around culture – Danish architecture in Shanghai”.


2017 SWCES is designed to discuss the excavation and utilization of traditional cultural resources, focusing on China’s creative economy development across regions and borders. The aims of 2017 SWCES are to pool international resources, to share city governance experience of China and international creative cities, to join hands with domestic and foreign creative economy experts and scholars, to promote cooperation, innovation, and development from the perspectives of East and West, and to boost culture confidence through sharing ideas.


Shanghai East Library exhibited at Shanghai Urban Space Art Season (SUSAS) 2017

This year, our Shanghai East Library is being exhibited at the Shanghai Urban Space Art Season. SUSAS 2017 will focus on the Waterfront Connection of the Huangpu River and the improvement of urban space quality, using the theme “connecting thisCONNECTION: sharing the future of public space”.


Shanghai Urban Space Art Season is a major urban space art exhibition event held every two years. Adhering to the concept of “culture Enriched City, Art Enlightens Space”, SUSAS is designed to establish a brand in urban space art events that feature “internationality, publicity, and practicality”, in turn, improves the quality of urban space and elevate the city’s appeal. The main venue of SUSAS 2017 is the silo of 80,000 tons at Minsheng Port, Pudong New Area and surrounding open spaces. The event lasts three months from 15 October 2017 to 15 January 2018.


Time/ 10:30 – 17:00 (Tue. – Sun.), Closed on Mondays (Except National Holidays)
Last Entry/ 16:30
Location/ No.3 Minsheng Road
Host/ Shanghai Sculpture Committee
Organizer/ Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Planning & Land Resources/ Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film & TV/ People’s Government of Pudong New Area


Read more about SUSAS 2017 exhibition here


And discover our Shanghai East Library at shl.dk/shanghai-east-library


Christchurch New Central Library and Katuaq Cultural Centre at Indigenize Montréal exhibition

If you are in Montréal, Canada, come and discover the Indigenize Montréal exhibition about a future metropolis of Reconciliation through Indigenous design and architecture including our Christchurch New Central Library in New Zealand and the Katuaq Cultural Centre in Greenland.


In collaboration with the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary, Indigenize Montréal is a public exhibition that takes place during the World Design Summit from October 16-25, 2017 and, it explores how to ensure the presence of Indigenous culture in the public space of the city.


The theme of the exhibition, “Elsewhere and Here”, provides an opportunity to develop a new facet of urban indigenous identity. We are proud to be included with two of our projects that integrate Indigenous culture into their architecture. The Christchurch Central Library Library is designed with strong references to the Ngai Tahu´s social and cultural traditions (principal Māori iwi tribe of the southern region of New Zealand). And our Katuaq Cultural Centre has become a dynamic meeting place for Inuits (indigenous people inhabiting the Arctic regions from all over the northern hemisphere).


Discover here our Christchurch New Central Library and Katuaq Cultural Centre


More information and full program can be found at 375 Montréal and World Design Summit


New details revealed for ARoS Next Level

New details have been revealed for the extension of ARoS Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark. In collaboration with World famous American artist James Turrell, we have designed an expansion project including a new 1,400 m² underground gallery and two site-specific installations, The Sphere and The Dome, that represent the artist’s largest museum project to date.


Named The Next Level, the project begins on the ground level of the museum, extending downward beneath the adjacent Officerspladsen plaza. The addition has been designed to work naturally with the flow of the existing building, which already serves as a bridge between the Aarhus River and the nearby Aarhus Music Hall. A 120-meter-long hallway will stretch down into the Earth connecting visitors the larger of the two Turrell installations, The Dome.


Erlend G. Høyersten, Director of the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, said: “We are delighted to unveil plans for The Next Level and to be working on this ambitious project with James Turrell. At ARoS, we know that art is indispensable to a lot of people and suspect that still more could benefit from it, because of its potential to impact a person’s outlook as well as their thinking. The Next Level will merge art and architecture and will make the journey through the museum an engaging and enriching experience for the public. I like to think of the museum as a mental fitness centre and this extension will expand upon this idea.”


Read the full press release at aros.dk


And learn more about ARoS Next Level here


Morten Schmidt lectures in Australia and New Zealand

Founding Partner Morten Schmidt lands in Australia and New Zealand for a week of keynotes speeches, lectures and talks.


Starting on Wednesday, October 18th,  Morten is in Sydney for a keynote lecture part of the Design Speaks Symposia 2017 Old School/ New School. You can hear Morten speak about “The Future of Education: Design as a Platform for Social Interaction” at the Warrane Theatre, Museum of Sydney, where he will present some of SHL’s educational designs drawing parallels to his approach to designing libraries of the future. See full program and read more about Design Speaks here


On Thursday, October 19th, The NSW State Library in Sydney is hosting the “Library spaces – bringing people together” building seminar in the Metcalfe Auditorium where Morten will give a lecture about “Libraries of the Future/ Social Meeting Places”. He will focus on the State Library Victoria redevelopment plan which will transform the library to meet current and future needs and return 40% more space to public use. More information about the event can be found here


Traveling to Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday 20th October, Morten will be participating at the Building Knowledge Speaker Series hosted by Southbase Construction supported by the Christchurch Foundation at the Crowne Plaza. Delivering a “Collection to Connection” keynote talk, he will present our Christchurch Central Library as an example of an inspiring space for discovery and learning, bringing iconic and transformative value to the community it will serve.


Finally, on October 24th, Morten’s journey will take him to Auckland (NZ), where he will give a free public lecture at the Auckland University organized by New Zealand Institute of Architects Incorporated. Read more here


Illustration Credit: Stats NZ

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