New Danish-Chinese knowledge cooperation: architecture and construction

The China Building Centre and the Danish Architecture Centre have signed an agreement, intending to strengthen export opportunities for Danish and Chinese companies and to increase knowledge sharing among authorities, investors and organisations in the two countries.

One of the obvious potentials of the agreement is the field of sustainable construction. China has an increasing demand for green technology solutions and knowhow in sustainable construction and building materials. Denmark, on the other hand, has more than 40 years of expertise in energy efficiency in buildings and building renovation, and a fast growing expertise in sustainable construction.

CBC Director Yang Lei and Mikkel Kragh Photo: Gao Wenzhong

“We are delighted to sign a cooperation agreement with the China Building Centre. The agreement will increase the scope, and raise the level of our activities both in Denmark and abroad,” says Mikkel Kragh, Head of DAC& BUILD at the Danish Architecture Centre.

“DAC intends to expand our global perspective and increase cooperation across borders. We have now strengthened our relationship with China. The country is a major operator in terms of the future of architecture and construction, and the agreement provides us with great opportunities for closer networks, conferences, study trips and export campaigns.”

Statistics show that China has used more cement in 3 years than the USA has used in 100 years. China’s goal is that, by 2020, there will be 5.55 billion m2 of green building space, and that this will make up 70% of the total market.

The agreement sets out to strengthen export opportunities for Danish and Chinese companies, and to enhance the sharing of knowledge amongst authorities, investors and organisations in the two countries.

Last year the Danish Architecture Centre signed a working agreement with the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore. So the cooperation agreement with the China Building Centre will further expand their global involvement.

The agreement covers five areas, on which the two parties pledge to cooperate. The five areas are: (1) Global conferences; (2) International networking and B2B matchmaking; (3) knowledge-sharing; (4) Publication; and (5) Courses and educational programmes.

Chinese Building Center visits DAC’s exhibition. Photo: Gao Wenzhong

Part of the new DAC
The cooperation agreement is part of the strategy for the new DAC, which, in a few years time, will be moving into the heart of BLOX on Copenhagen’s waterfront as a neighbour to the Black Diamond. The idea is to become an international destination, where visitors can discover Danish architecture, construction, urban development and design. That is why DAC constantly devotes itself to developing the organisation’s global perspective and promoting the evolution of Danish architecture, construction and urban development on both the national and international levels.

The China Building Centre (CBC) is an integrated service platform for construction and urban development in China. CBC aims to raise the level of quality in urban development by proactively establishing collaborations between major operators and sharing knowledge, expertise and best practice to benefit the whole construction sector in China.

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