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Post By Borut Sočan
on 01. May 2012

Pier Luigi Nervi at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - School of Architecture

Copenhagen is an interesting city, particularly if you like city cycling, where you can easily get Copenhagenized. /Link/ Cycling and cities will also soon become an issue of particular focus also for Trimo Urban Crash. I visited Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis Skoler for Arkitektur, Design og Konservering – and of course, by bike. The school premises is a former military barracks for the once mighty Danish Navy. It’s located just between the Copenhagen Opera House and the music and theatre academies.
Today a mix of students from different school years work side by side in big studios. In the centre of the courtyard is a lively cantine where students and teachers lunch together. What impressed me was the story of the painting on the back wall, when it was explained to me how the Danish government buys art works from young Danish artists, then shares them with public institutions that exhibit art in public spaces. It’s a nice way the government both supports art and helps brings it to (public) life.



KADK tends to be very open to the public, with frequent exhibitions organised where students show their work.During my visit there was also an exhibition of celebrated 20th century Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi, well known for his concrete and steel constructions from mid-century. Among others Nervi designed the Pirelli Tower as well as several sport arenas like Pallazzeto dello sport in Rome and built for the 1960 Summer Olympics.

It’s nice to wrap up a visit to Copenhagen’s creative quarter with a relaxing drink in nearby Christiania, where driving cars as well as photographing is actually not allowed.