UPGRADE´12 http://upgrade12.aarch.dk

Vestergaard, I. (Arrangør)

Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangement af en begivenhed Organisation af og deltagelse i konference


To upgrade buildings of the last century through future innovations and so bring existing dwellings into a more sustainable future while respecting our architectural heritage. We are facing a huge and necessary task: to upgrade functionally and to energy optimise the building mass of the past. And to reuse/convert buildings that no longer fit their original function. This is an inspiring and huge architectural, social and technical challenge. 400 million Danish square meters are to be upgraded to meet future demands for beautiful buildings, minimum environmental load and healthy, spacious and functional dwellings in well planned diverse and socially optimised urban areas. Climate challenges and the transformation of social and architectural cultural heritage matter for all citizens. The demands are multiple: healthy indoor climate, functional and attractive dwellings that fit into the context. And low energy need or energy neutral buildings, also considering local energy supply. Suburb areas, for one thing, represent the ideal model of the modern society thinking: “dwellings for everybody”. A Social Democratic initiative of huge dimension, that created some of the best dwelling areas in Denmark. To transform and upgrade those areas will require sincere architectural respect and creative initiatives. UPGRADE ’12 will raise questions regarding present practice, and the conference will demonstrate what is on the desk of researchers and present some of the best architectural transformations, some already carried out, some on the way. UPGRADE ’12 will discuss a balanced approach to transformation, renovation and retrofitting. UPGRADE ’12 is to be seen in line with SuRe 2010; a conference on sustainable renovation held March 2010 at the Aarhus School of Architecture.
Periode26 apr. 201228 apr. 2012
PlaceringAarhus, Danmark


  • upgrading existing building stock, architectural quality, built heritage, energy efficiency