Highlights from the speeches
Mayor of Aarhus Jacob Bundsgaard stressed the importance of the school as an institution that trains architects for the city’s many architectural firms, thereby contributing to Aarhus’ international reputation as a city of architecture and design.
Jointly with the school’s new neighbour, Institut for (X), various facilities will be established along the building site fence, including exhibition pavilions, workshop facilities, and a reuse marketplace. “Activities which we hope will connect Institut for (X) and the building site physically – but also create ties between us, as neighbours in the urban district,” said Kristine Leth, prorector of Aarhus School of Architecture.
According to Ole Birk Olesen, Danish Minister for Transport, Building and Housing, the new school of architecture exemplifies the potential of the Danish construction industry and Danish architecture:
“With all the creative and entrepreneurial enthusiasts present in the area, I think we will see a transformation unlike any we have ever seen before anywhere else – an ideal urban transformation. ”
Following the speeches, the 100 spades were used to mark the beginning of the construction of the new school. To conclude the event, Institut for (X) invited everyone inside for cold beer and hot soup.