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    • 14 January 2014

      Australian Students Kick-start the Development of B&W Shipyard in Copenhagen

      On Monday 13 January, five Australian students started their exchange stay in Copenhagen as part of the exchange programme MADE by the Opera House. The initiative was launched by the Danish Crown Prince Couple in connection with the 40th anniversary of Sydney Opera House in October 2013. The students will spend the next six weeks at Henning Larsen Architects in Copenhagen, working on the interdisciplinary project “A Eurovision to last a century”.

    • The project is based on the Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in May 2014 at the old B&W Shipyard in Refshaleøen Island, Copenhagen. The event will be of great importance to Copenhagen and has the potential to become a lasting contribution to the cityscape. The students’ task will be to identify and analyse the exact potential of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest from this location in Copenhagen – and subsequently chart the specific development opportunities.

      The participants in the exchange programme are architecture, engineering and design students. The programme will run over 10 years, ending on the date of the 50th anniversary of Sydney Opera House. Each year, 10 students will enrol in the exchange programme: five Danish and five Australian students. In 2023, 100 students will have participated in the programme – all of whom will form part of a future MADE alumni network.
      The objective of MADE is to contribute to a more innovative design and planning approach in the future by letting the new generation of architects, engineers and designers be inspired in new settings.

      MADE is a collaboration between Sydney Opera House Trust and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK). In Denmark, the initiative is supported by The Bikuben Foundation, The Dreyer Foundation and The Obel Family Foundation. Henning Larsen Architects hosts the first group of Australian students.

      Coincident with the Australian students’ arrival to Denmark, the process of selecting the five Danish students who will go to Australia later this year will start. The Danish students will spend the summer in Australia, working on a cross-disciplinary project for Sydney Opera House. Deadline for applications is 22 January.