Designing Copenhagen city centre
Around forty years ago officials of Copenhagen considered it had lost its way as a European City. As a result the city was successfully redesigned and subsequently awarded first European City of the Year by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Architect George Ferguson was RIBA President at the time and visits Copenhagen to demonstrate why the award was made. We learn how the city centre design caters for a mix of pedestrians, bikes and cars, large and small shops and accommodation. It is described as an 'urban village green' providing diversity in public spaces, streets and housing.