Critical Coast

A cross-disciplinary reader on the ecologies and spaces of coastal landscapes

Editors: Jeppe Sengupta Carstensen and Anna Aslaug Lund
Commissioned: Josephine Michau
Publisher: The Danish Architectural Press
Design: Alexis Mark
Print: Grafiche Venezian
Distribution: Idea Books and Actar
Contributing editors: Søren Nørkjær Bang, Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, Amina Chouairi, Cornelius Holck Colding, Anders Ehlers Dam, Bror Axel Dehn, Daniel Flendt Dreesen, Iisa Eikaas, Ole Fryd, Lea Wiggen Kramhøft, Vittore Negretto, Soo Jung Ryu, Jeppe Svan Sørensen, Katrina Wiberg

Critical Coast is a cross-disciplinary reader that explores the ecologies and spaces of coastal landscapes, the urgencies of contemporary coastlands and diachronic ideas about coastal futures. In continuation of the exhibition Coastal Imaginaries curated by Josephine Michau in the Danish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2023, Critical Coast presents a series of artistic representations, essays, poetry, found material, visual suites, fairy tales and empirical conversations with numerous international voices such as Dipesh Chakrabarty, Emanuele Coccia, Rebecca Solnit, Susannah Drake, Inuuteq Storch, Virginia Woolf, Amitav Ghosh, Jane da Mosto, Katherine Richardson, Superflex, Theodor Storm, Julia Watson, Billy Fleming, Bathsheba Demuth, Hans Christian Andersen and many others. Critical Coast comes in the format of a handbook made in a durable hardcover that readers can bring along into the field – into imaginary coastal landscapes as well as those at risk of disappearing today.

Made with the generous support of:
Dreyers Fond, Danish Arts Foundation, Ministry of Culture Denmark, Realdania


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Entrance to the Danish Pavilion


Coastal Imaginaries is the name of the Danish Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia in 2023. Critical Coast is the name of the publication made in connection with it.

This place aims at gathering a lot of the inspiration and knowledge surrounding the project and is growing along the span of the exhibition.