What can rurality mean in an "urban age"?
Rural Agentur is a research-based architecture studio focusing on rural space as one of the most controversial spaces in the 21st century.
We live in a so-called ‘urban age’. Simultaneously, we experience radical transformations of rural spaces.
For instance, in September 2018, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution concluding a UN Declaration for the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. This resolution comes in direct response to the increasing discussions related to the future of rural space (read more ).
We believe rural space is changing socially, culturally and economically.
Based in rural Denmark, Rural Agentur specializes in creating space for rural communities and articulate rural potential.
For us, architecture is foremost a social gesture, an on-going process, which spans from the informal conversation on the plough field to the spaces we co-create, and the research-based architectural solutions we offer.
Rural Agentur is founded in 2018 by Anna Sofie Hvid, MA Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University, and builds on a trans-disciplinary network of architects, cultural planners, artists, craftsmen and farmers from UK, Germany and Denmark.
Together with our clients, we investigate the spatial values of rurality.
Rural Agentur is based in the reality, we work with.
The office of Rural Agentur is based on , a farm and social institution in the village of Jystrup, 55 kilometers outside Copenhagen.
Grounded by our local context, we aim at addressing global issues related to the future of rural space.
Rural space is complex. We work with an array of different professionals, and bring together supplementary disciplines, in order to create
sustainable spatial solutions.
Public space in the rural provinces - a concept for the abandoned train station in Skælskør.
Date: 2017 -
Client: Harboe Brewery A/S
Concept: Anna Sofie Hvid in collaboration with Anders Abraham og Peter Møller Rasmussen.
Rural Agentur has proposed a concept for an abandoned train station, a re-interpretation of the train station as one of the few genuinely public spaces in rural areas. Ruralagentur has suggested to radically interpret the space as belonging to the public realm by creating a public art space accessible 24/7 with ID-card.
For the green area around the train station (the former track area), Ruralagentur proposes a rural sculpture park, leaving the nature semi-wild and informal.
The four-sided farm as a socially inclusive space -
Ravnshøjgaard, a social institution in the Danish rural.
Date: 2017 -
Client: Østagergård S/I.
Concept: Anna Sofie Hvid in collaboration with Peter Møller Rasmussen, Anders Abraham and Gui de Vore.
For the private social institution Østagergård, Rural Agentur analyzed the significance of the traditional four-sided farm as a socially inclusive space. How can the farm buildings, and area, function as private space for the users, and at the same time provide space for interaction between institution and local community?
The historical farm buildings need renovation as well as extension. Ruralagentur proposed that Ravnshøjgaard could facilitate a public space for concerts and community events as well as 12 individual housing units.
A sustainable concert hall surrounded by a permaculture garden, Søholm Opera Garden & Concert Hall.
Date: 2019 -
Client: Søholm Opera
Concept: The vision is to create the first performing arts complex where nature and culture are co-existing in new holistic ways through architecture, landscaping and experience design.
The buildings are designed with the historical typographies of Samsø and rural Denmark in mind, writing itself humbly into the landscape. Søholm Opera Garden and Concert Hall will be built in sustainable materials, and be energy neutral. The Opera Garden will be presumably be one of Europe's largest permaculture gardens.
Ravnholtgaard: The farm as a social machine.
Date: 2020 -
Concept: Owner structures in the Danish agriculture sector are changing: we are currently witnessing a radical transition from family-owned farms into farm clusters often fueled by investment capital. This implies changes in the spatial understanding of farms and their position in the local landscape as social and economical "machines".
An integrated village that contributes to biodiversity,
Fællesmark, Tuse Næs.
Date: 2020 -
Client: Foreningen Fællesmark
Concept: The rural settlement of the future will focus on quality: high-quality housing in conjunction with high-quality nature.
Fællesmark is a new residential area at Udby, Tuse Næs, which is planned as an open system, where biodiversity, coherence with the local area, sharing of resources and sharing of knowledge are considered in all parts of the project.
Fællesmark is the ambition to transform a piece of agricultural land on Tuse Næs into a residential area and new nature area that is accessible to the public.
In collaboration with architects, biologists and cultural planners, Fællesmark is being developed as an example project on sustainable housing development.
'Going Rural' at Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) .
Date: Nov. 2019 - Feb. 2020
Concept: Rural Agentur
Since UN declared the advent of an "urban age" in 2008, a burgeoning discussion regarding the definition of rural versus urban has unfolded. Whereas most countries world wide have statistical definitions of what is considered "urban", there is no similar definition of what is "rural". Is the rural simply the left over part? In this research exhibition supported by Dreyers Foundation, Rural Agentur addresses rurality as a concept, which is subject to controversy - in Denmark as well as globally.
The exhibition's center piece is 120 m2 of wheat field, harvested from the fields at Rural Agentur's office farm and carefully re-installed on the three exhibition plateaus. On each plateau, one perspective on rurality is unfolded on a large billboard and a companion reader. Specially designed benches allows for contemplation and for you to write to us your visions for a rural future.
We bring rurality into discussion! Through a series of events, we have been - and continues to - gather groundbreaking perspectives on rurality.
Check out the events that are to come, or dig into the archive material from past events.
Tor Nørretranders lecture at Østagergård.
Do we dare think positively about the future? and how can a sense of community and resonance with the [human and non-human] "Umwelt" provide a platform for possible sustainable futures?
Listen to the lecture though the archive link below (in Danish).
Contemporary Ruralities // Changing Grounds. Public symposium at Danish Architecture Centre in connection with the exhibition ’Going Rural’ by Rural Agentur.
With Christophe Golay, Marten Kuijpers, Nikos Katsikis, Pieter Versteegh & Anna Sofie Hvid. Research presentations by Ida Bjallerbæk Pedersen, Sofia Priisholm Petersen & Sho Murayama & Sam Collins.
The symposium brings together architects, researchers, artists and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to investigate the cracks and lines in approaching rurality today.
Access audios and presentations through the archive link below.
Reading The Rural Workshop with Sahir Patel
With this workshop we wish to convey techniques of approaching the rural through remote sensing, a method which allows for a complex understanding of the physical changes across urban and non-urban landscapes.
This workshop aims at creating an understanding and an image of “The Rural” as multiple entities that will be constructed by overlaying ‘data’ produced by various institutions operating at different resolutions and from different parts of the planet.
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