Idea fetching excursion

Okay, at the moment I’m at the last phase of the final project of my course, Dynamic vegetation design. I will talk about the project itself later on but for now I would like to share some of my impressions of the excursion we did.

So here comes a short and expressive mood board consisting of photos of our two days class trip in South Sweden.

It was a roundtrip touching the cities of Helsingborg, Laholm and Vaxjö, checking out the birthplace of Carl von Linné, being amazed by how the paradise of bees looks like and how to preserve and manage old cultural landscapes. By visiting a couple of places the intention was that they could serve as inspirations for our final design project.

I personally can say, it influenced me a lot, and I am a big fan of traditionally managed orchard meadows from now on! I’ll definitely try to bring it back in my project work somehow! I’ll tell you later if it worked out…

But now let the pictures speak:

 

Woodland as a reference

I can’t complain that we are lacking fresh air recently. The DVD course (Dynamic Vegetation Design) has been working on it hard that we get our daily doze in multiple amount. A creative workshop week with staying outside in sunshine and pouring rain, several small field walks, a one day excursion, a two days trip and recently, a week’s exercise of woodland sketching. All of them were worth to experience, but this time, I am going to guide you around about the latter, how you doodle a piece of forest precisely.

What we had to do was to start a collection of reference landscapes that we probably can use it later on in our design project. It is basically a booklet of different landscapes observed more closely with the tool of drawing site plans (crown projections), sections (profile diagrams), perspective drawings or taking photos for instance. The main point was, as I said above that you can implement this landscape type that you examined in your project work.

What I did was something I was particularly curious about – how plants acts on slopes. The task didn’t tie us to stay at campus so I went home for a couple of days and did it in landscape which I have strong relations to, since my childhood: the woodland next to my parents’ place. I visited two spots on opposite sides of a hill – one a very steep slope facing South with open dolomite rocky grassland, and the other, a gentle slope facing North with a young shrubbery.

Despite the fact that during the fieldwork my dad and our dog were both eager to assist me, I had some complications in the meantime. One troublemaker for me was the task description itself. Since a couple of things were left to our interpretation, sometimes I had a hard time to proceed or to know what to do exactly.

And of course, I set another problem for myself with choosing slopes too… Climbing up and down on the steep side trying to measure the distances… Not well recommended I would say. But eventually, I made it with more or less precise measurements.

Back home after I put together the collected infos which seemed like an advanced jigsaw puzzling I tried to think about a schematic prototype which I can turn those landscapes into to use in other cases too. And also, how it could be possible to introduce and manage them.

All in all, it was a fun assignment to do, to be outside, to draw, be a bit artsy and to examine an area that I have always had a strong bonding to. It was also funny to see in how many different ways me and any of my course mates interpreted the task. After dealing with this topic for a whole week, I become more and more interested to think about vegetation and landscape not in as a static, sculptural thing, but something dynamic, something that changes all the time.

Skyline here and there

It’s just so amazing that a half an hour train ride takes you from Malmö to Denmark. And it’s not a regular kind of journey, but across the Öresund Bridge overarching the strait of the Baltic Sea. Worth an experience in itself!

When it’s a sunny day, you can see the outlines of the tall buildings in Copenhagen, drawing out a small, blurry skyline on the other side of the Öresund. We often try to determine which one is which but at the end, we never can be certain who was right with the identification. And then we got the idea: why not actually go there and make sure we guessed it well? For a while, we’ve been planning to go over for a day’s stroll anyway and the things to check out in Copenhagen just piled up on my list. So after all the common touristic attractions, this trip was decided to run under the headline – the famous Danish architecture.

After arriving to the capital we were immediately dragged to the water as a magnetic force. We walked along the canal trying to avoid the currents of tourists while started to work through our “to see” list. One of our first stops were the Danish Architectural Centre, suggested by a friend of mine to tag by. And that’s how we stumbled upon the main director of our latter trip- a book called the “Guide to new architecture in Copenhagen”. With this paper companion our architecture tour got a lot more content and meaning as we thought.

By opening the guide we got a bit carried a way and started spotting at more and more cool stuff we haven’t had on our list before. However, it took us for an inspiring ride in the city touching plenty of water elements such as piers, bridges, boardwalks. It made us even interested to vagabond to the power plants and factories what we see from the Swedish side day by day. Can you imagine that the new facility of the industry will have a ski slope in addition? We witnessed that realization is in progress and it’s indeed going to happen!

After a day checking the architecture in Copenhagen we took the train back. Tired but full of new experiences and information we stared at our well known skyline from the window: scanning the view from Malmö, along Lomma bay until the former nuclear power plant, Barsebäck.