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Allies and Morrison lands place on Danish urban planning shortlist

London-headquartered practice Allies and Morrison has made the shortlist for a Danish urban planning competition

Investment company Realdania selected five teams for the ‘City in Between’ project near the city of Aalborg.  

The project is one of six to be held in the Danish suburbs by Realdania, and focuses on development of venues and accommodation as well as rethinking mobility and infrastructure.

Plans for the area include a new university hospital, expansion of Aalborg University, renovation of social housing estates and a new public transport connection.
Top 10 AJ100 firm Allies and Morrison is teamed with local architects Juul Frost for the competition. It will be the UK practice’s first project in Denmark if it is successful.

First it must overcome competition from Danish practices Schonherr, Henning Larsen Architects and Vandkunsten, as well as a partnership of Dutch firm MVRDV with local company Cobe.

Partner Graham Morrison told the AJ that its dedicated urban design arm, Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners, had been accumulating masterplanning expertise and experience.

‘We are starting to look at projects, in the UK but especially abroad, where innovative thinking and an understanding of history are needed,’ he said.

‘We are interested in architecture that is not fashionable for its own sake, more carefully thought out spaces than glitzy buildings. Hence our interest in Denmark, which is a deeply cultured country.

‘We are immensely pleased to be the UK firm on this shortlist, and are also looking at projects in Italy and across the English-speaking world, as well as India.’

All proposals for the Aalborg scheme will be displayed at an exhibition in the Utzon Center this summer, before a winner is announced in November.

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