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Denmark/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.5 Architecture and spatial planning

Architecture is one of the few cultural areas in Denmark not governed by legislation. With the report "A Nation of Architecture - Denmark" published in 2007, for the first time, a comprehensive architectural policy for Denmark has been published (see

The government's architectural policy contains 10 different guidelines listed below, and a series of specific initiatives with the aim to maintain and continue the development of high quality architecture:

  • public buildings must have greater architectural quality;
  • private demand for architectural quality is to be encouraged;
  • architectural quality and efficient construction must go hand-in-hand;
  • innovative architecture must ensure healthy, accessible, and viable buildings;
  • subsidised construction must have greater architectural quality;
  • architectural quality must be emphasised during the planning stage;
  • the architectural heritage must be maintained and developed;
  • better conditions for export of Danish architecture;
  • Danish architecture must have a strong growth potential; and
  • the Danish architecture education must be among the best in the world.

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The Danish Centre for Architecture is a commercially run foundation. Its objective is to act as an information and development centre for architecture and building culture with a view to generating contacts and building bridges between architecture as art and buildings as commercial enterprises. The centre is also entrusted with increasing interest in and awareness of quality in our physical surroundings.

The Danish Arts Foundation Committee of Architecture allocates scholarships, work and travel grants for individual architects (see chapter 3.2). It is also within the committee's remit to support architectural competitions and preparation of outline projects.

Chapter published: 16-07-2018

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