We are pleased to welcome one of the greatest capacities in Danish architecture, Jens Thomas Arnfred, who joins the international lecture series Nordic Perspectives with the lecture Sans & Samling – Om at give noget tilbage til den jord vi betræder så voldsomt, når vi bygger (Sense and assembly – About giving something back to the soil we step on so heavily when we built).
When: Thursday 24 November at 15.00
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Main Auditorium, Nørreport 22, 8000 Aarhus C
Please note that the lecture will be held in Danish.
The lecture is public and free of charge.
About Jens Thomas Arnfred
Jens Thomas Arnfred (born 1947) is the co-founder of Tegnestuen Vandkunsten, one of Denmarks most acclaimed architectural offices, established in 1971 as a group of rebellious young architects who wished to change people’s way of living.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the office won a great number of competitions for large social housing projects all over Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. With a pragmatic approach to everyday building materials, but a highly aesthetic sensitivity, Vandkunsten has managed to create thousands of dwellings for average people and families, sharing social, aesthetic and tectonic qualities that are rare in today’s architecture.
Being the teachers of Bjarke Ingels and many other distinguished young architects, Jens Thomas Arnfred and his fellow partners from Tegnestuen Vandkunsten have marked a whole generation with a pragmatic attitude towards architectural conception, yet with a high degree of social qualities and unorthodox, sometimes radical, architectural solutions.
Settlements like Tinggården, Hesselbo, Hedelyngen, Jystrup Savværk, Trudeslund, Fuglsangpark, Dianas Have, Søhuse, all situated on Zealand, and Hestra Parkstad, Tre Guder and Laröd (Sweden) and Sandtunet (Norway) have all become new classics, with qualities of habitation far beyond the majority of today’s mainstream architecture, yet still to be discovered and investigated.