Danish Network for Architecture and Urbanism Research (DARE) - Common Horizon

Martin, M. (Participant)

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars


The research symposium takes point of departure in the ongoing dialogue
between Danish urbanism and architectural research environments. This
constructive dialogue started out in the autumn of 2019 with a series of
meetings held at BLOXHUB in Copenhagen and has resulted in a common
reference document.1 All Danish academic research environments with an
interest in urbanism and architecture are working towards a common platform
of understanding and sharing knowledge. The aim is to identify a common
horizon of research interests and matters of concern leading to joint
exhibitions, research applications, curriculum development, collaborative
publications etc.

The objective is therefore to bring interested researchers within the field of
urbanism and architecture together for one day discussing, deliberating, and
reflecting upon common research interests. The network will organize a joint
exhibition in August 2021. Hence, the research symposium of 2020 has the
objective of identifying topics of interests and matters of concern facilitating
the 2021 exhibition (as well as the other activities described above). Moreover,
the symposium has the objective of identifying a set of issues and questions
for the stakeholders financing and funding Danish urban and architectural
research. The symposium has therefore as an objective to articulate issues and
questions to be discussed with key funding bodies at a Stakeholder
Symposium to be held in the autumn of 2020.

In the process of identifying relevant partners and institution for this network
the creation of the common reference document led to articulation of the
‘Experiment’ as one (out of many) common denominator. The experimental
attitude to urbanism and architectural research is seen as a vital part of the
network’s DNA and hence a key landmark on the common horizon. The grand
global challenges of demographics, sustainability, inequality, climate change is
the ‘burning platform’ upon which this work is emerging. We seek to orient
ourselves within the agenda of the United Nation’s SDG as well as the ways in
which critical-creative research can contribute to these issues. This require a
cultivation of the ‘architectural imagination’ and a nurturing of the abilities to
re-think futures in an open, exploratory and experimental manner. The
Common Horizon research symposium has the objective of facilitating this
research discussion by means of three framing presentations followed by
colloquium debates. The framing presentations are by three colleagues from
the Danish urban and architectural research environment.
Period28 Aug 2020
Event typeWorkshop
LocationCopenhagen, Denmark
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Denmark
  • Urbanism
  • Architecture
  • Research