Aarhus, Denmark´s second largest town is the European Capital of Culture in 2017 for a good reason: for decades "the world´s smallest big city" has hosted one of the largest cultural events in Scandinavia, the festival week at the end of each summer. Aarhus attracts a growing population with its combination of urbanity, proximity to nature and educational institutions, which are amongst the country´s fi nest, including an architectural school that has produced many of the talents nowadays, promoting Danish architecture worldwide. 6 essays on the city´s history and development. 120 contemporary buildings and architectural highlights, starting from the early twentieth century. Major projects in the planning. Grouping by location, including maps.