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New Nordic Landscapes opens at Shanghai EXPO 2010

Grand opening of the Nordic exhibition New Nordic Landscapes. The exhibition is on display at the Nordic lighthouse during EXPO in Shanghai 2010 - from 1 June to 15 August.

28.05.2010

Biodiversity in an urban context, interaction between infrastructure and landscape, process urbanism, a closer look at Iceland’s utilization of geothermal energy and the deployment of residues from the Norwegian oil industry.

Through projects from the Nordic countries, the EXPO exhibition New Nordic Landscapes demonstrates how landscape architecture is about so much more than making things look pretty. Landscape architecture can supply sustainable solutions, promote health and create better living conditions for people in both cities and rural regions.

Closely linked to the title of the EXPO in Shanghai 2010, “Better Cities, Better Life”, the exhibition presents sensuous experiences of landscape design and calls attention to the importance of finding new and alternative planning methods: Strategies that emphasize conscious use of natural resources and combines the latest in technology and global know-how with awareness of local conditions, culture and identity.

A close relationship with nature and the pursuit of balance between utilizing, developing and protecting natural resources and landscapes are traditionally important factors in Nordic cultural history. These considerations have become even more important in the light of current environmental challenges. Therefore, the Nordic Ministers of Culture focus on landscape architecture as a means to sustainable urban development, sensitive and efficient land use and the promotion of Nordic competences during EXPO in Shanghai 2010

- The Nordic Countries are frontrunners in relation to sustainable urban development and efficient land use. Particularly within the field of design, architecture and landscape planning, creative and innovative Nordic forces are thriving. The exhibition ‘New Nordic landscapes’ is an excellent example of this, which I am certain, will prove inspirational to the many thousand visitors to the World EXPO in Shanghai”, says the Danish Minister of Culture, and Chair of  Nordic Council of Ministers’ cultural collaboration, Per Stig Møller.

New Nordic Landscapes is initiated and financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers as part of the overall globalization strategy of the Nordic Ministers of Culture. With this strategy, the ministers have kick-started several initiatives, which focus on creative industries and profiling of Nordic culture through literature, film and landscape architecture.

The exhibition is developed by Danish Architecture Centre in collaboration with Norsk Form – Foundation for Design and Architecture in Norway, The Nordic House in Reykjavik, The Swedish Museum of Architecture and Museum of Finnish Architecture.

For Further information please contact:
Curator at Danish Architecture Centre, Kjersti Wikstrøm
kw@dac.dk / +45 22167125