New course and this time with plants in the foreground: Dynamic Vegetation Design. Sounds really catchy, doesn’t it? But initially, the meaning behind remained a bit mysterious.
So to introduce us to the topic, we started off the second day with a workshop about landscape prototypes through concept sketching. And what can be a better place for this, than the landscape lab in Alnarp itself? The experimental forest, the cradle of all dynamics.
Not just the course name, the workshop was also really fluent and energetic, yet very much enjoyable. First, we were divided into groups, each group with a different focus (glades, edges, clumps, semi-open, water, roads, and entrances). Our team was the glade-observer and we were given the task to seek for prototypes of openings through the method of concept sketching. Here, you shouldn’t imagine artsy-fartsy creations, but strictly measured site plans and sections of our chosen places with more or less precise distance numbers. During strolling around, we found so many glades, that we actually saw everything as a glade after a while. So we needed to define what makes it a clearing. Size, natural or formal appearance, regularly or freely shaped edges, open sky above or a place with a covered canopy above can also be described as a glade. It was such a warm and sunny day so it was just pleasure to be outside for hours.
When the sky turned cloudy – good timing – we sat down inside together to refine and put together the material from the morning so that we can show a clear and simplified image to the others of our findings. It’s truly not the easiest thing to produce several hand drawn posters in a short amount of time if you are five in the group. However, my feeling was that it was a good proportion of preciseness and easy-goingness among us so I think we nailed it with a pretty nice result.
What was quite new to me but wasn’t easy to acquire for many of us was the way of thinking when working with vegetation. To get rid of thinking about solitary or individual species. Here, it is more about masses, volumes and areas instead of individuals or solitary trees.
But this was only the beginning! In the recent two days we have been introduced to another experimental site, the Brunnshög in Lund. The gist is just yet to come!