Every year we go as an office abroad to a city on the continent to study and learn. This year we chose Copenhagen in Denmark.
Known for its pasteries, great public spaces and the little mermaid staute, there was a huge amount to do and to see. The city has many award-winning buildings to visit by architects such as Arne Jakobsen, Bijark Ingles, COBE and Zaha Hadid. We visited the delicious food market and tasted the best of what the Danes had to offer.
Another big aspect of the city is the prominence of the bicycle, with over fifty per cent of residents commuting by bike. Credit for this has been given to the restriction put on car use in the city which has left people searching for a better, healthier way of transport. Jan Gehl, who spent many years delivering this change believes the key to good public space is making the city an inviting place for people - "It is not numbers, crowds and city size that matter but the sense that the city is inviting and popular that creates a meaningful place".
Trips like this are great for team building, friendship making and integral to our philosophy of "learning through experience."