How Danish architects are formulating world’s initial carbon-neutral city

Danish architects have prolonged been eminent for conceptualizing iconic buildings a universe over, like a Sydney Opera House and Le Grande Arch in Paris.

But today’s Danish architects, like Mads Mandrup, are conceptualizing with a aloft purpose, reports CBS News’ Mo Rocca. He was a lead designer of a Copenhagen International School, that is radically a solar appetite plant. “We have about 12,000 block meters of solar panels here,” Mandrup said.

The blue potion panels, that change in paint depending on bearing to light, yield half of a building’s power.

Rocca said, “Denmark is beautiful, though it’s not a sunniest place in a world. What happens on a pale day?”

“On a pale day here, it produces less. But however, we’ve been monitoring, and we are on lane in terms of a numbers,” Mandrup replied.


The Copenhagen International School was designed to incorporate about 12,000 block meters of solar panels, that yield half of a building’s appetite needs. 

And Copenhagen is on lane to strech a idea of apropos a initial carbon-neutral city in a world, producing as many appetite (all of it clean) as it consumes by a year 2025.

“We are now investing usually around $1 billion in breeze turbines in and around Copenhagen,” pronounced Morten Kabell, Copenhagen’s Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs. “And in a destiny we will be doing geothermal heat. And, of course, we plant a whole lot of trees.”

Kabell, who has never owned a car, rides his bike to work each day. “For many tourists and many visitors entrance to Copenhagen, it’s utterly a warn to notice that bikes have a right of approach in many of a city,” he said.

Today, 62 percent of commuters here bike to work, a transformation that began during a appetite predicament of a 1970s.

“Gasoline was so costly that we had all these manners that emphasized cycling,” pronounced designer Camilla Richter-Friis outpost Deurs, who believes formulating a cleaner city has helped emanate some-more people.

“We’re flourishing by about 1,000 people each month,” she said.

“People are carrying some-more kids?” Rocca asked.

“They’re carrying some-more babies. They’re staying in a city, since a city is so livable.”

Her firm, Gehl Architects, helped make New York’s Times Square pedestrian-friendly and designed a Danish-style network of bikes lanes via a city. 

Rocca asked, “Why are bicycle helmets not required?”

“They did a investigate looking during a altogether health of people cycling in a city, and found that women are reduction expected to cycle if we have to wear a helmet,” Richter-Friis outpost Deurs replied. “So their health improves altogether by not creation a helmets mandatory.”


This residential building in Copenhagen’s Orestad area facilities a weed rooftop and bike trails that lead all a approach to a top.

Discouraging a use of cars has had some unintended consequences. For one, a taxation on a automobile can be as many as 150 percent of a car’s sale price.

“But one of a side effects is that a common automobile mass is older, and of march comparison cars evacuate some-more CO2,” Richter-Friis outpost Deurs said. “So it’s not unequivocally doing a best it can.”  

A teenager speed bump, perhaps, on Copenhagen’s float into a destiny best on arrangement in a Orestad neighborhood.

“I consider what we’ve attempted to do is interpose into this arrange of contemporary or complicated form of design an component that is socially and environmentally active,” pronounced Bjarke Ingels, who has changed plateau into Copenhagen’s famously prosaic landscape. One residential building has a weed rooftop and bike trails that lead all a approach to a top.


Artist’s digest of a Amager Resource Center in Copenhagen, a appetite plant that facilities an alpine ski run on a roof.

And entrance soon: Denmark’s initial alpine ski run, built atop a appetite plant. And, yes, a plant itself is carbon-neutral. 

“Green technology, it’s not usually good for a birds or a fish; it’s extraordinary for a citizens, ’cause now substantially a coolest park in Copenhagen is going to be a roof of a appetite plant!” pronounced Ingels.

That steam we see, Ingles says, is “as purify as towering air.” 

Rocca asked, “Are Danes lifted with a alertness about a meridian and about a healthy environment?”

“I don’t consider Danes are innate with that, though we have a enlightenment where we like to be practical,” replied Morten Kabell. “Danes adore being lazy! We are as idle as anybody else. So it’s about creation a right choice.”

“OK, so that we can be idle good into a future?”


While training about Copenhagen’s immature goals, Rocca managed to see a lot some-more of this implausible and ancestral city — so many so that he’s put together a debate that we won’t wish to skip Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.”  

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