The Harmonious City © UiD 2007

Pamphlet [2.4MB] pdf

The Harmonious City is a research project conducted by UiD on eco-friendly planning methods and building technologies in Denmark for the exhibition: CO-EVOLUTION Danish/Chinese Ideas about the Harmonious City, exhibited at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
Spatial planning

Denmark has a simple and clear spatial planning system with a strongly decentralized division of tasks. The municipal councils are responsible for comprehensive land-use regulation at the municipal and local levels with legally binding guidelines for property owners. The regional councils prepare a strategic plan for spatial development in each region. The Minister for the Environment is responsible for upholding national interests through national planning.

Spatial Planning in Denmark [1.7MB] pdf
Renewable energy

In recent decades, Denmark has gained a reputation for being an environmental frontrunner in renewable energy. This reputation has to a large extent been based on public subsidies and on grass-root activities.

Clean Up [512K] pdf
Drink it! - Fresh drinking water is a scarce resource. Less than one per cent of the world’s drinking water can be used directly by people.
Heat it! - Water is also being heated. An efficient and environmentally friendly way of heating water is through district heating.

Using Water [1.5MB] pdf
Creative environments

Today, the creative industries play a crucial role in the economic development. Companies who want to be marketplace leaders through innovation are searching for locations that are attractive to creative and talented professionals with advanced urban lifestyles.

Be Creative [1.0MB] pdf
Indoor climate

We like to be outdoor. We like to walk in the forest, go to the beach or just sit at an outdoor café and watch life passes by. But most of our time is spent inside buildings.

Feel Good [1.4MB] pdf


Historic monuments and landscapes are widely seen as an important resource for developing the local communities. Apart from giving the citizens great experiences and recreational opportunities, an increased focus on cultural heritage can strengthen the development of tourism, housing, business and trade. There is also a tradition of converting historic monuments and former industrial sites into culture and health facilities.

Using History [636K] pdf


Sustainable traffic solutions are essential for the creation of healthy and livable cities. Cars are energy consuming and polluting, but cars have many advantages too. The question is not how to get rid of cars, but how best to promote alternative means of transportation!

Getting Around [3.7MB] pdf