I have contributed to the recent Scape’ Magazine Dossier #15 2016 on Landscape Laboratories with some of my pictures and two short articles on landscape laboratories and the ongoing establishment the Aarhus Landscape Laboratory on Eskelund in the Aarhus River Valley.
The Scape’ Dossier is an excellent collection of thoughts and experiences by researchers, artists and teachers who have a direct relationship and a continued engagement in landscape laboratories in the Nordic and some European countries.
It is an honour to be included in the select group of contributors counting brilliant woodsmen like Anders Busse Nielsen, Cecil Konijnendijk and grand old man Roland Gustavsson, who writes in his article about the Alnarp Landscape Laboratory:
A landscape laboratory offers a link to the landscape both as a physical and an intellectual entity […] Over the past several decades, there has undoubtedly been incredible technological advancements in landscape architecture, which can minimize time spent in the field – someday landscape architects may even be able to practice without ever having to go outdoors. But in all seriousness, the landscape laboratory attempts to bring balance to the landscape profession by demonstrating the value of fieldwork and hands-on practice.
Thank you Roland, for starting the movement in the early 1980es, when I was just a kid playing in the woods.
My article on Sletten, creative management and social engagement has been published by Springer.
Together with good man Peter Gall Krogh, professor in design at Aarhus University, I have asked the question of what makes a smart city? One answer can be found in the experiences of establishing an urban forest as a landscape laboratory simultaneously to developing a housing project called Sletten situated in Holstebro, Denmark.
The article brings forward three emblematic exemplars of how the place is appropriated by the people living there. Sletten is both an actual suggestion for novel neighborhood design and a full-scale experimental platform where scientists and practitioners with different or no professional backgrounds can meet and collaborate on testing and developing new concepts for the design, establishment, and management of urban forests.
It has recently been published by Springer and can be found online here!
My year long photographic work on a garden outside Aarhus has been published in ARKIPELAGET #7 OLES GARDEN.
The small selection of photographs portray the garden of Tjørnegaard (Hawthorn Farm) and the continous daily garden chores of good friend and colleague Ole Mouritsen.
For Ole Tjørnegaard is a part of the larger landscape in which it is situated and there are now tree frogs breeding in the forest creek between the 100 meter garden and the apple groves in the forest.
The Aarhus School of Architecture will hold a small reception in The Library on January 11th @ 3 – 4.30 pm. I will present some of the images and writer Jens Thejsen will say a few words about Ole and his garden in a short talk entitled Farmer and Landscaper.
Oles Garden is available directly through the publisher Antipyrine via their online bookstore here.
My photographic work on forest clearings has been published in Arkipelaget #6 LUCUS.
It is in part inspired by the Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico who in his work New Science (1725) describes how the Latin word Lucus has a clear etymological connection to forest clearings and how it at the same time connote with windows as a specific way of ‘letting in light’ (a lucendo):
”Every clearing was called a lucus, in the sense of an eye, as even
today we call eyes the openings through which light enters houses.” (Vico, 1725)
In ARKIPELAGET #6 LUCUS I have also written a short text about my landscape photography in which I describe my photographs as double images and my camera as a Lucus in itself as it intermittently allows light into the negatives, which constitute the physical foundation of the photographs.
Some of the photographies in LUCUS were recently exhibited at the Aarhus School of Architecture.