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SUDes alumni part of EUROPAN Lund winning team

This week the results for EUROPAN international open competition were published on the Sveriges Arkitekter website. David Kiss, part of SUDes alumni network together with Joanna Hagstedt, Erik Jansson and Simon Wallqvist are part of the Lund winning team with their project "Culture Symbiotic".

For more information visit Sveriges Arkitekter webpage here

RE - thinking LTH Campus Exhibition

A-Huset, Arkitektur och Byggd Miljö, Lund University

Dec. 15, 2015  -  Jan. 31, 2016

During the autumn semester 2015, an international group of students at Lund University participated in the advanced course “Sustainable Urban Recycling” in the master program, Sustainable Urban Design at the School of Architecture.

Throughout the course the students engaged in an exploration of various aspects of the existing urban structure around LTH Campus area, identifying opportunities, developing strategies and finally suggesting site specific sollutions for a sustainable transformation.

The design studio resulted in 40 unique projects in which students challenged conventional ideas and tools of sustainability, arguing for and creating new design structures, preparing and supporting the time process of urban transformation in LTH Campus, making the campus more sustainable and livable. 

This exhibition gives you an insight into each of the students design proposals.

Sustainable Urban Dynamics Completes Zhangjiakou 2040 Workshop

The Sustainable Urban Dynamics design studio recently completed a collaborative design workshop with Peking University's graduate school of landscape architecture, Jiaotong University's school of architecture, and Hebei University of Architecture.  During the workshop, a total of 77 students took in lectures, visited the workshop design site in Zhangjiakou, and developed urban design proposals in collaboration.

The focus of the workshop was on developing visionary urban design proposals for the city of Zhangjiakou and their design site around the historic train station of Zhangjiakou's city center.  The workshop began on October 11th and was kicked off by a lecture by Professor Sheng from Jiaotong University and an introduction by Martin Arfalk of Lund University.  The workshop was lead by SUDes faculty members Peter Siöström, Martin Arfalk, Nicholas Bigelow, and Chuhan Zhang in collaboration with Professor Xili Han (PKU), Professor Qiang Sheng (JtU), Shanshan Wang (JtU), Guaini Jiang (HUA) and Professor Linus Zhang (LU).  The students presented the results of the intensive workshop on October 14th the workshop team and invited guests from Zhangjiakou.

Using the feedback from the workshop presentations, the students then had the opportunity to revisit the site and work on their individual design projects at Jiaotong University in Beijing.  During that time the students had the opportunity to make more detailed investigations of the site and begin to more thoroughly test out their design visions for Zhangjiakou .  .

The studio has been researching China, the city of Zhangjiakou, and the design site since the studio began at the beginning of September.  Their research and the workshop are both part of the journey toward their final design project presentations December 8 and 9 in the School of Architecture at Lund University.

Sustainable Urban Dynamics 2014 Course Book

During the autum term of 2014 a diverse group of students at Lund University’s School of Architecture participated in the advanced course ‘Sustainable Urban Dynamics’ (ASBN 31) and its complementary theory course ‘Urban Dynamics - Theory and Tendencies’ (ASBN 41). These concurrent courses focused on urban development and sustainability in the context of China, globalizations effect on the contemporary city, and the development of a multi-scalar design process. These themes were explored throughout the semester in seminars, guest lectures, and project tutorials with the goal that each student explore and present a ‘context sensitive’ urban design proposal for the transformation of the course design site in the Kwun Tong district of Hong Kong. As part of the course and design process, the class took a 14 day study trip to the Pearl River Delta Region and completed a week long collaborative workshop with graduate students at Peking University’s Graduate School of Landscape Architecture (GSLA) in Shenzhen. During their 2 weeks in China, the students recieved background on the project from Hong Kong’s urban planning department, input from local researchers and designers, visited the design site multiple times, and created group proposals that inspired their further work. Upon the completion of the workshop and returning to Sweden from China, the students were given 7 weeks to develop their individual design projects. Aided by tutorials and input from guests, the students were asked to develop a vision for future development through research, writing, and a series of design drawings that could together inspire Kwun Tong toward a more sustainable tomorrow. The report showcases the results of the students work. Available for download here.

Sustainable Urban Landscape in Oslo

This week the students from Sustainable Urban Landscape visited Oslo. This year their Project site will be in the Oslo region and this first visit was to get them aquainted with the Oslo region. They visited the Snöhetta office, Oslo municipality, White architects and Ghilardi & Hellsten. Later in February the course will take a second trip to Oslo to have an on-site workshop. 

Vernissage at Kristallen

RE:thinking the LTH campus has now opened at Kristallen in Lund. The exhibition will be open till the 15th of January. The exhibition is the result of the work from the course Urban Recycling where students explored the opportunities of the future development of the LTH campus in Lund.

Urban Recycling Exhibition at Kristallen Lund

During the autumn term of 2014, an international group of students at Lund University participated in the advanced course "Sustainable Urban Recycling" in the masters programme in Sustainable Urban Design at the School of Architecture. Throughout the studio-based course the students engaged in an exploration of various aspects of the existing urban structure around the LTH Campus, Identifying problems and potentials and finally suggesting opportunities for a sustainable transformation. The design studio resulted in 37 unique projects in which the students have challenged conventional notions of sustainablility and proposed new designs preparing and supporting the integration of the LTH Campus into the existing and proposed urban network of Lund. Joining the districts of Lund and bringing recycling programs into the everyday environments of Lund. The exhibition provides you with insight into each students proposal. 

We welcome you to join us to the Vernissage at Kristallen in Lund at 16:00 the 15th of December. The exhibition will be open until the 15th of January.

New SUDes Programme Brochure

 

 

The new Sustainable Urban Design Programme Brochure is now available for download. In the brochure you will find all the information you will need about the programme. Applications are open until the 15th of January. Apply here.

Sustainable Urban Dynamics Completes Workshop in Hong Kong + Shenzhen

The Sustainable Urban Dynamics design studio recently completed a collaborative design workshop with Peking University's graduate school of landscape architecture and the Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO).  During the trip the students took in lectures from local professionals, visited their design site in Hong Kong, and developed urban design proposals in collaboration with their peers from Peking University.

The focus of the workshop in Hong Kong & Shenzhen was on developing context sensitive urban design proposals for their design site around the Kwun Tong metro station in Hong Kong.  The workshop began on October 10th and was kicked off by a lecture by Edward Wong of the Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO).  The workshop was lead by SUDes faculty members Peter Siöström, Martin Arfalk, Nicholas Bigelow, and Chuhan Zhang in collaboration with Peking University Professor HAN Xili.  The students presented the results of the intensive workshop on October 13th to a panel of invited guests that included local professional Barry Wilson of the Hong Kong based firm Barry Wilson Project Initiatives and water management expert Linus Zhang of Lund University. 

Using the feedback from the workshop presentations, the students then had the opportunity to revisit the site and work on the EKEO campus for 5 days.  During that time the students had the opportunity to make detailed investigations of the site, interview local residents, and begin to test out their design visions for Kwun Tong.  To conclude the trip, the students presented their findings and initial design to Edward Wong of EKEO and Caroline Dahl of SLU.

The studio has been researching China, the pearl river delta region, and their design site in Hong Kong since the studio began at the beginning of September.  Their research and the workshop are both part of the journey toward their final design project presentations December 9 and 10 in the School of Architecture at Lund University.

 

 

 

SUDes Student published in Vatten

 

Jamie Espinosa a recently graduated SUDes student has along with Linus Chang, Lund University, Dep. of Water Resources Engineering, Published an article on Dew water harvest experiment that they conducted in a semi-arid environment in China.

Fog collection by man-made collectors has been proved to be a non-conventional source of water. Applications exist in many countries where conventional methods cannot provide an adequate supply of water. Alternative ways of gathering water in arid and semi-arid environments have always meant a challenge for dwellers of those areas. Recently, fog-water harvest is becoming increasingly popular in places where despite the dry climate there is a significant volume of water nearby. A pilot experiment during a few summer days has been conducted in a semi-arid to arid environment in China to study its feasibility. The results show that it is highly possible to harvest dew water in these areas with relatively low investment in term of equipment

for the whole article click here

 

 

Making Performative Places Lectures now online

 

The lectures from the SUDes conference and panel discussions 2014 are now available online. The theme this year was Making Performative Places Re-thinking the Public Realm. International keynote speakers discussed the topic from various angles and the conference was then summarized by Donlyn Lyndon followed by a panel discussion.

The videos can be found here.

 

 

SUDes conference 2014 Making Performative Places – RE-thinking the public realm

 

SUDes will hold it's 9th annual conference Making Performative Places RE-thinking the public realm the 22nd of September 2014 at A-huset Sölvegatan 24. 

An international group of keynote speakers will discuss the topic of performative places in the urban environment from different angles; Performance a activating spaces through lights, greenery, actions, senses and sustainability, a richer and more meaningful public life.

 

Urban Designers are re-thinking he search for urban form; probing for deeper meanings, exploring different narratives, searching for hidden dimensions and re-presenting the ephermeral flows of daily life, all in an effort to create a more enriching, meaningful and sustainable urban existence. The search has been enhanced by new tools and new knowledge, creating an expanded field of enquiry, both confirming and challenging old assumptions and sensibilities.

 

"Harrison Fraker, Berkeley USA"

 

For further information please visit:

www.performativeplaces.com

Course Leader Martin Arfalk leads winning team in Trencin, Slovakia

 

On May 19, course leader Martin Arfalk and his team at Mandaworks were awarded first prize in the open international urban design competition in Trencin, Slovakia.  Their proposal, “Tracing Trencin” was completed in collaboration with Hosper Sweden during the beginning of 2014.

Of the 59 entrants submitted, the jury selected Tracing Trencin as the winer. In their statement to the press the jury said, It’s a thoughtful proposal in regards to the existing structure of the historic center, sensitively placing new buildings, and a quality connection to both sides of the [River] Vah. (...).Tracing Trenčín creates quality links between the city and the river, while respecting the natural conditions of the river.” 

The winning proposal will now form the basis of the conceptual design that will become the starting point for creating a future master plan for the central urban area of Trencin.  

Martin Arfalk is the founder and director of Mandaworks and the course leader of the Sustainable Urban Dynamics design studio with the SUDes master’s program.  The proposal "TRACING TRENCIN", included the following participants: Martin Arfalk, Patrick Verhoeven, Andrei Deacu, Danny Bridson, Maria Gregorio Puig, Carlos Dias, Nicholas Bigelow, and Chuhan Zhang.

Sustainable Urban Dynamics Course Book Now Available

The new Sustainable Urban Dynamics 2013 Course book is now printed!  The book summarizes all the student\'s research and design work from this past falls design studio and highlights the course\'s water smart design solutions to urban development in China.

This year\'s book focuses on the student\'s design site in the city of Wuwei and highlights a number of intriguing strategies to integrated water sensitive urban design within the citys ambitions plan for urban growth.  The book includes a summary of the student\'s nearly 70 hectare design site, the students research on the social, economic, and environmental contexts shaping the Pearl River Delta, an outline of course\'s structure & aims, the course\'s guest critics, and a two page summary of each of the student\'s work.  

The book will be distributed to last year\'s guest lectures and critics, all of the studio participants, and will be utilized as an educational tool for those interest in sustainable urban development in China.

Find out more about the Sustainable Urban Dynamics studio here.

SUDes student invited to contribute to the Global Bamboo Summit 2014

Jamie Espinosa who is currently working on his thesis has been invited to take part in the Global Bamboo Summit in Ho Chi Min City april 21-22. His lecture for the summit is called, Bamboo High Rise Buildings : Myth or Reality.

 

Bamboo has a rich history, and a promising future as part of the solution to 21st-century challenges. A giant, fast-growing, wood like grass and one of Earth’s oldest and most precious plant materials, it has benefited human societies since times before history.  Today, it helps more than two billion people meet their basic needs, and – as a widespread, renewable, productive, versatile, low- or no-cost, easily accessed, environment-enhancing resource – it has great potential to improve life even more in the years ahead, especially in the villages and countryside of the developing world.

 

The World Bamboo Organization (WBO) which dedicated to promoting the use of bamboo and bamboo products for the sake of the environment and the economy has played a crucial networking role by connecting people for useful collaborations on all things related to bamboo and has organized 9 World Bamboo Congresses (WBC) till date, the last held in Antwerp, Belgium in April 2012.

 

More information can be found on http://bamboosummit.com/

SUDes student awarded first prize

Gisli Rafn Gudmundsson a second year SUDes student recently got awarded the Icelandic Presidents award for innovation. Gisli along with his team worked on a project mapping out and promoting cycling routes in Iceland according to the EuroVelo standards. The project is in line with the fundaments of sustainable urban development since bicycle tourists have a lower ecological footprint than regular tourists. Increasing the number of such tourists will also support Icelands aim for green transport and sustainable tourism. The innovation prize is awarded annually to students who have shown excellence in their solutions of a project funded by the Icelandic Student Innovation fund.

Student Thesis represented in World Landscape Architecture Magazine

Recently a SUDes student thesis was chosen to be represented in World Landscape Architecture Magazine.  In her thesis Urban Water A New Layer in the City Landscape Jelena Kotevska explores the possibilities of ecological treatment of sewage wastewater in Skopje, Macedonia.  Offering solutions in form of stormwater treatment by using a living machine. Bringing life back to the river and water back into the cities realm.

The purified water from the living machines becomes a new element in the city urban fabric. It gives the possibility for the creation of new activated landscapes, which not only reuse the purified water, but also interacts with the existing context and allow a more vibrant neighbourhood and city life.

More information can be found on the World Architecture Magazine Website.

SUDes Featured in Frame´s Masterclass Architecture – Guide to the World´s Leading Graduate Schools.

 

The guide is aimed at current bachelor’s degree students, recent graduates and professionals looking for a specialisation. The guide provides an in-depth overview of almost 30 of the world's leading graduate schools that offer a master’s degree in architecture.

The featured schools are selected based on a list of criteria including the quality of the graduation work, the employability and success of former students, the list of lecturers, and their reputation in the realm of architecture. Each school is featured extensively on 10 pages containing useful information, such as programme description, application details and requirements, student demographics, mentor and alumni lists, tuition and scholarship details, and full contact details. The articles give a real insight into life at each of the schools and in the global locations – each school profile opens with an introduction by the programme leader, followed by examples of recent student work, an interview with a successful alumnus, information about the school’s location regarding housing, transportation and the cultural scene from a student’s perspective, and more.

For further information visit the frameweb.

For those looking to apply you will find application requirements and directions for how to apply at the following website:  http://www.studyinsweden.se/How-To-Apply/Masters-studies/

 

 

 

Rethinking Varvstaden Exhibition

This year the students from Sustainable Urban Recycling have worked on a studio project about Varvstaden in Malmö. They engaged in an exploration of various aspects of the existing urban structure in and around Varvstaden; identifying problems and potentials, and suggesting opportunities for a sustainable transformation.

The design studio resulted in 23 unique projects in which students challenged conventional notions of sustainability and proposed new designs preparing and supporting the integration of Varvstaden into a urban network that joins the districts of the city together and brings recycling programs into the everyday environments of Malmö.

Be very welcome to the Vernissage in Superrummet in Media Evolution City, Stora Varvsgatan 6a, Malmö December the 18th from 12:30 till 15:00. After that the exhibition will be open Thursday and Friday from 9:00-17:00.

 

 

Autumn 2014 Application Period Now Open

The Sustainable Urban Design (SUDes) master's program at Lund University's school of architecture is now accepting applications for the study period beginning in the autumn of 2014.

The SUDes master's program is a 2 year master's program that focuses on training students in the interdisciplinary field of sustainable urban design.  The curriculum is designed around 3 semester long design studios that investigate the relationship between sustainability and urban design through specific design projects.  The design studios are supported by complementary theory and lecture based courses that deepen the students knowledge and critical understanding of the profession.  Following the students 3 studio semesters the students are required to complete a master's thesis project that focuses on a design site of their choice.

If you are interested in joining the master's program, please look around our website.  You will find information on the courses here,  you will find samples of recent student's work here, and you can read about our faculty here.  Additionally, you can browse a collection of our alumni's professional work and see where a career track in sustainable urban design might led in the recently released _2 publication.

For those looking to apply you will find application requirements and directions for how to apply at the following website:  http://www.studyinsweden.se/How-To-Apply/Masters-studies/

 

 

Guest Professor Harrison Fraker wins prestigious American Teaching Award

Ax:son Johnson guest Professor Harrison Fraker has recently been announced the recipient of the 2014 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education.  The Topaz Medallion is awarded annually by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) to an individual who has dedicated 10 years to architectural education and made a noteworthy contribution to architectural education in North America.

Professor Fraker is recognized as a pioneer in passive solar, day-lighting and sustainable design research and teaching. He has pursued a career bridging innovative architecture and urban design education and has served as dean at the University of Minnesota (1984-1996) and the University of California Berkeley (1996-2008).  Today, along with his Guest Professorship at Lund University, Professor Fraker teaches urban design studios, architecture courses and mentors thesis students at the UC-Berkeley.

Alongside his teaching, Professor Fraker has also recently released a book entitled, The Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighborhoods:  Lessons from Low-Carbon Communities. In the book, he documents performance data from first-generation sustainable neighborhoods and explores the relationship between sustainability, resource consumption, and urban design.

 

 

Presentation of Degree project 12th December

You are invited to attend the Sustainable Urban Design spring master's thesis presentations this week in the Great Hall at Lund University's School of Architecture.

9:00 David Kiss

Next Stop Höganäs, Höganäs Sweden

10:30 Jessie Wyatt

Sustaining Paradise, Eleuthera  Bahamas                                                  

13:00 Kristina Stenström

Water treatment and public
realm in Iracema, Brazil 
                        

14:30 SUN SIYU

Re-integrate University Campus Into
Urban Tissue, Xian China 

16:00 Athanasios Alexis

Green Necklase, Heraklion Greece

17:30 Lina Salomonsson

Lost Space - Found Place,
Höganäs Sweden

                            

Final Reviews Bring Exciting Work & Distinguished Guests

Next week, the SUDes master's program will host the final reviews for this autumn's design studios.  Over the course of the reviews, December 10 & 11, nearly 60 students in the two studios will present their individual design projects to a group of guest critics.

Over the two days, 20 guest critics will join in the discussions to provide their professional insight into the various student projects.  Guests include new Ax:son Johnson Guest Professor Jenny B. Osuldsen from the Norwegian design firm Snohetta, Ax:son Johnson Guest Professor Harison Fraker of the University of California - Berkley, and distinguished guests from Sweden, Denmark, and Holland. The collected guests have a wide range of expertise from sustainable urban development in China to landscape architecture and urban revitalization in Europe.

Collectively, they will work to create critical conversations that focus on the 2 design studios themes:  Urban Recycling in a post industrial environment in Malmo and the Dynamics shaping the expansive urban growth of the city of Wuwei, China.  The Sustainable Urban Recycling studio marks the first semester of the SUDes master's program while the Sustainable Urban Dynamics studio marks the third semester.

We warmly welcome any guests or perspective students to join us for the 2 days of presentations.  

 

 

Snohetta Partner Jenny B. Osuldsen will be 2014 Guest Professor

 Jenny B. Osuldsen has recently been announced as the Ax:son Johnson guest Professor at Lund University's School of Architecture.  A partner and senior landscape architect at the renowned Norwegian design firm Snohetta, Jenny has extensive experience in integrating landscape and architectural design in complex public projects such as Snohetta's design for Max IV Lab in Lund and the Times Square Reconstruction in New York City.

Over the past years Jenny has lectured internationally in Australia, China, and throughout Europe and is excited to join the SUDes team.  Jenny will bring over 20 years of professional experience and a deep knowledge of the design process.  Jenny's experience has given her a unique ability to read the contextual qualities of a variety of design sites and a strong portfolio of built references to pull from.

Jenny will make her first appearance as the Ax:son Johnson Guest Professor when she joins the upcoming final reviews of the Sustainable Urban Recycling and Sustainable Urban Dynamics design studios.  The reviews will be held December 10 and 11 in Lund University's School of Architecture.

 

 

SUDes Holds Mid-Term Reviews

On November 13, the Sustainable Urban Design (SUDes) Master's program held mid-term reviews in the program's two on-going design studios.  The mid-term reviews focused on the student's developing individual design work.  Invited critics from SLA, Kanozi Architects, and White Architects critically discussed the students work with the aim of helping them refine their work and pin point explorations for the further development of the project. 

The two design studios represent the 1st and 3rd semesters of the master's program.  The 1st semester studio, sustainable urban recycling, presented design work focusing on the area of Varvstaden in Malmo, Sweden.  Their work focusing on the recycling and revitalization of a former industrial site located on one of the cities former industrial docks.  The 3rd semester studio, sustainable urban dynamics, presented visions for the sustainable development of Wuwei, China. The student's design works focuses on tying together a vision for the city's growth with the development of a detailed master plan that can show sustainable models for urban development in Wuwei's arid climate.

All of the student's will present their final design work on December 10 and 11 in Lund University's school of Architecture.  

 

 

Sustainable Urban Dynamics on their way to Wuwei, China

The Sustainable Urban Dynamics design studio is on its way to China to participate in a collaborative workshop with Peking University's graduate school of landscape architecture and the municipality of Wuwei.  During the trip the students will interview local people, visit their design site, and develop a series of urban design proposals in collaboration with their peers from Peking University.

The focus of the workshop in Wuwei will be on developing water smart urban design solutions within the local context of Wuwei.  The workshop will begin on October 8th and include meetings with the city's municipal leaders, lectures on water smart design, and a series of design tutorials.  The students will present their work on October 12th to invited guests and the municipality of Wuwei.

Following the workshop in Wuwei, the studio's 29 students will travel to Beijing to further develop their design projects.  While in Beijing the students will focus on pushing forward the workshop's discussions on water smart urban design and continue to work towards developing visionary urban plans for the future growth of Wuwei.  To inspire their work the students will have the opportunity to visit inspiring urban design projects and cultural landmarks in Beijing.

The studio has been researching China, the province of Gansu, and their design site in Wuwei since the studio began in early September.  Their research and the workshop are both part of the journey toward their final design project presentations December 10 and 11 in the School of Architecture at Lund University.

 

 

Sustainable Urban Recycling Students to Study Amsterdam

The first semester master's students and the urban recycling design studio are on their way to Amsterdam.  

During the next 4 days, the group of students and teachers will explore the city as an urban laboratory.  Starting with discovering Amsterdam's layers of time and urban sequences and continuing with looking at the urban development of former shipyards, this trip focuses on understanding how time layers have been superposed to create multiple qualities in the city, on understanding how places are shaped, and how they work with the everyday life.

Together, the group will aim to discover critical discussions on Amsterdam's specific ways of dealing with sustainability in the context of urban recycling.  To do this, they will visit a number of relevant urban recycling projects, meet local experts, and explore the dimensions of the different parts of the city.

The trip is designed to bring new inpiration & critical discussions for the students ongoing work on their semester design site in Malmo.

Watch the 2013 SUDes Conference Online

For all the alumni and sustainable urban designers around the world, the 2013 SUDes Conference will be streamed live for your viewing pleasure.  The day will include 6 presentations by renowned guests and a concluding panel discussion to sum up the day's findings. 

The presentations will begin at 8:45 local time here in Lund and run until around 17:00.  You can either watch on the embedded link below or you can follow the conference here from the Lund University video web portal.  We look forward to many web guests throughout the day as we hope those of you unable to join us in Lund for the day can follow us via video. 

For those interested in watching after the conference the video feed with remain active in the coming weeks.  Please check out the great presentations and day of activities at the following links:  

Part 1:  http://bambuser.com/v/3945922
Part 2:  http://bambuser.com/v/3946189
Part 3:  http://bambuser.com/v/3946541
Part 4:  http://bambuser.com/v/3946812

 

 

_2 Now Available for Download

_2, the 2nd issue of the SUDes Journal Publication series has just been released and is now available for download.  

This issue put together a collection of intriguing thoughts and exciting works that describe some of the SUDes graduates' career development as well as their reflections on the challenges and rewards they have encountered in the beginning of their professional careers.

You can download _2 here or on our websites links and downloads page under the education tab.

8th Annual SUDes Conference Set for September 23

The 2013 SUDes Conference is almost upon us.

This years conference will be held on September 23, from 8:45 - 17:00 in the Great Hall at Lund University's School of Architecture.

Hosted by the Sustainable Urban Design Master's Program, the Ax:son Jonson Institute for Sustainable Urban Design, and the School of Architecture at Lund University, the conference is open to the public and will include 6 distinguished international speakers within the field of Sustainable Urban Design.

This year's topic, Making Urban Places - Hidden Dimensions and New Provocations, invites us to re-think the search for urban form: probing for deeper meanings, exploring different narratives, searching for hidden dimensions, and re-presenting the ephemeral flows of daily life, all in an effort to create a more enriching, meaningful and sustainable urban existence.

For the day's schedule please check out the poster to the right. Invited guests include Harrison Fraker, UC Berkeley; Han Xili, Peking University; Michelle Provoost, Crimson, Rotterdam; Jenny B. Osuldsen, Snohetta, Oslo; Momoyo Kaijima, Atelier Bow-Wow, Tokyo; Juhani Pallasmaa, TKK Helsinki.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Lund for an exciting day of presentations and discussions on the future of our urban environments!

 

Fall Classes Begin

Excitement is again in the air in Lund. The energy is palpable as the city is again filled with thousands of students excited to begin a new semester of challenges.

Over the past week, the SUDes master's program has welcomed a new group of master's students and kicked off the fall semester.  This fall the SUDes master's program will offer design studios for almost 70 students from the SUDes master's program, Erasmus exchange, and Lund University's school of Architecture.

The first year students will take a series of courses aimed at introducing them to urban design theory, key concepts in sustainable urban design, and develop a design project that rejuvenates an existing urban situation.  The curriculum is set up in 3 courses built around the Sustainable Urban Recycling design studio. As part of their course work, the students will explore exemplary urban recycling projects in Amsterdam & The Netherlands. 

The second year students also kicked off on Monday with an introduction to their semester project in Wuwei, China.  The students have already begun research in preparation for their trip to Wuwei in October. While in Wuwei, the students will participate in a collaborative workshop with Peking University's graduate school of landscape architecture that will explore Water Smart design solutions for Wuwei future development.  The curriculum is also set up in 3 courses with the Sustainable Urban Dynamics design studio being the focus of the semester's design work.

To find out more about courses within the SUDes master's program click here.

 

 

Urban Landscape Students Exhibit Work in Lund

The final projects of the students in the “Sustainable Urban Landscape” design studio are currently participating at Lund University's School of Architecture Annual student exhibition. 

The exhibition presents background on the studio, a summary of the semesters work, and showcases the 22 student projects completed this spring.  The exhibition was organized collectively by the SUDes students and studio staff with the design and layout of the exhibition lead by SUDes student Suzanna Rubino.

The annual exhibition marks the end of the spring semester design studios in the school of architecture.  The exhibition aims to both celebrate all student's hard work and encourage public, professional and cross institutional involvement within the school of Architecture.

The exhibition also includes the 4 SUDes thesis projects presented last week.  The exhibition is open to the public through the month of May during weekdays between 8:00 - 17:00.

 

 

SUDes Thesis Student Wins Shared First Prize in Montreal Competition

Recently, SUDes thesis student Manon Otto was announced a shared 1st prize winner of the Nordicity Ideas Competition in Montreal, Canada.

The competition aim was to explore the possibilities of the winter season in the specific climate conditions of Montreal.  According to the competition brief, Nordicity invited designers "to create urban installations or public spaces offering a singular experience, specific to the winter season."  The brief goes on to state that designers were invited to choose "common places, used by people on a daily basis." 

In response to the brief, Manon's proposal explored the potential of new methods of snow management in a local Montreal neighborhood.  Manon describes here proposal as  "a new type of climate-sensitive urban design specific to winter cities with contrasted seasons based on the idea of fragmenting and incrementally privatizing the snow management plan to harvest the cooling potential of snow to cool down dwellings and minimize the greenhouse effect."

Manon's prize was announced during an exhibition of the competition's proposal in the beginning of May.  Read more about the competition here.

Spring Degree Presentations to be Held May 23 + 24

You are invited to attend the Sustainable Urban Design spring master's thesis presentations this week in the Great Hall at Lund University's School of Architecture.  

The presentations will be held on Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25 with 4 students presenting their work on the revitalization of neighborhoods in Macedonia, Sweden, and Canada.  The schedule of the presentations is as follows:

Thursday, May 23rd

09:00  Sara Rudolfsson          

10:30  Jelena Kotevska 

Friday, May 24th

09:30  Joacim Dahlberg    

11:00  Manon Otto

To learn more about the students research and design visions, please check out their project summaries HERE.  We look forward to seeing you all there to share in these 2 exciting days of presentations.

 

 

Sustainable Urban Landscape Final Presentations

You are invited to attend the Sustainable Urban Landscape final presentations this week in the Great Hall at Lund University's School of Architecture!

The presentations will be held on Tuesday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 22 with the course's 23 participants showing their sustainable visions for the urban and landscape design of the area around  Skalderviken.  The proposals range from visions for strengthening the integration of the local agricultural landscape with the existing villages to explorations on the impact and potential transformative power of sea level rise.  All proposals use a proposed commuter train stop between Helsingborg and Angelholm as the basis for their work.  Collectively the proposals present a wide variety of design solution that are based on the student's studies of the regional landscape, the ecological impacts of urban development, and the contextual qualities of the design site.

A series of guest critics including SUDes guest professors Harrison Fraker and Donlyn Lyndon will join for the two days of reviews.  The presentations will start at 9:15 on Tuesday and 9:45 on Wednesday and begin an exciting week of presentations within the SUDes master's program.

SUDes Students Win 2nd Prize with Their Proposal 'INLund'

SUDes master's students Anna kravec, Felix Kruger, Gisli Rafn Gudmundsson, Young Ill Kim and Suzanna Rubino received the shared second prize in an open student competition aimed to bring a new meeting point with the power to connect Ideon, LTH and the community of Lund.

All five students are currently enrolled in the 2nd semester of the master's program and are course mates in the Sustainable Urban Landscape design studio.  Their proposal, "INLund" was recognized in a ceremony on April 23, 2013 at the Faculty of Engineering.  Along with the shared second prize, their proposal received a special prize for the best name suggestion.

All of the competition entries in the competition entitled 'Sustainability in Lund' will be exhibited at the Lund Central Station (Lund C) between April 26 and May 16.  The showroom is open weekdays 08:30 to 18:30.  Make sure to stop by and celebrate all the great proposals

You can find more information and a complete list of the competition winners here

 

Sustainable Urban Dynamics Course Book Now Available

The new Sustainable Urban Dynamics 12 Course book is now printed!  The book summarizes all the student's research and design work from this past falls design studio and highlights the course's context sensitive design approach to urban development in China.

This year's book focuses on the student's design site in the Pingshan district of Shenzhen and highlights a number of intriguing strategies to integrated the existing site conditions with the districts global ambitions.  The book includes a summary of the student's 70 hectare design site, the students research on the social, economic, and environmental contexts shaping the Pearl River Delta, an outline of course's structure & aims, the course's guest critics, and a two page summary of each of the student's work.  

The book will be distributed to last year's guest lectures and critics, all of the studio participants, and will be utilized as an educational tool for those interest in sustainable urban development in China.

Find out more about the Sustainable Urban Dynamics studio here.

Sustainable Urban Landscape Students Travel to Edinburgh

Recently the Sustainable Urban Landscape studio returned from a 6 day study trip to Scotland.  The trip focused on exploring the relationship between the natural landscape and urban settlements around Edinburgh, the Kingdom of Fife, and Holy Island.

The trip included 3 day long walking tours in Edinburgh that focused the city's relationship to its natural surroundings and its unique urban landscape.  Teachers Par Gustafsson and Henrik Johanesson discussed the history of Edinburgh, the planning of Craig's new town, and the relationship between the city's natural landscape and its urban development.  Student were also given the time to explore the city's riverwalk, take measurements of key public spaces, and develop a series of sketches to highlight the cities different urban design lessons.

Along with the walking tours in Edinburgh, the students explored the spatial characteristics of 3 Scottish villages and the university town of St. Andrews.  These important stops on the tour gave the students the opportunity to map and study the development and characteristics of a series of villages.  The days in Edinburgh were concluded by a poetic and insightful lecture by Eelco Hooftman of Gross.Max.

The students will use their research and findings as they continue to work with their design project that focuses on a series of villages outside of Angelholm, Sweden.

 

SUDes Course Leader a Team Member of the Winning Proposal for Kiruna

Recently, a jury selected White Architecture's proposal Kiruna 4-ever as the winner of an international urban design competition for the future planning of Kiruna, Sweden.  White's proposal was selected from 10 proposals from the likes of MVRDV, KCAP, Kobe, and others.  The competition was held to find the best strategy for moving the city of Kiruna in relationship to the surrounding mining operations.

Åsa Bjerndell, SUDes Urban Recycling Course Leader, was a contributing team member for White's proposal.  White's proposal centered on ideas on how and where to move Kiruna based on a knowledge of what exists today, along with a strong vision for how the city's future can be developed. Åsa's role in the proposal included helping develop the projects strategic development concepts and urban planning processes.

Read more about White's proposal here.

 

SUDes Student Presenting at Crafting the Future

Recently, SUDes Masters student Andre Patrao has been accepted to present a paper at the 10th European Academy of Design Conference, entitled Crafting the Future.

The theme of the conference is design practice and its relationship business development and social change. The conference asks designer to present on different ways to answer the question, how can the specific knowledge of designers be brought forward, articulated, made visible and be understood and used in contexts like innovation, business development and social change? 

The basis for Andre's accepted paper was inspired by his studies in Lund, and it will be a structuring part of his on-going thesis work.

For more information see http://www.craftingthefuture.<wbr></wbr>se/.

 

SUDes Faculty Members Announced Competition Winners

On February 21st, SUDes faculty members Martin Arfalk and Nicholas Bigelow were recognized as part of the winning team for the competition Future Floda.  The winning team also included SUDes thesis student Gregorio Chierici. Their proposal "Down by the River" was completed as a collaboration between Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden.  

Of the 59 proposals submitted, the jury appointed "Down by the River" the winner.  The award was presented in a ceremony in Lerum with the jury saying, "Down by the River focuses on and develops Floda's strongest qualities: water, nature, and Garveriet.  The public spaces along Savean refine and develop Floda's existing character and identity as a community around the water.  The proposal's hook is the Blue Square - an innovative reinterpretation of the square as a public space where the rushing river creates a natural spectacle all year round."

Martin Arfalk is the founder and director of Mandaworks.  Nicholas Bigelow and Gregorio Chierici are urban designers currently working for Mandaworks.  Together, Martin and Nick direct and tutor the Sustainable Urban Dynamics studio within the SUDes master's program.

Discover more about the proposal on Swedish Architects competitions page.

http://www.arkitekt.se/s74043 

 

 

DEGREE PRESENTATION

Place: "Fullskale Labbet, School of Architecture, Sölvegatan 24
Time: Friday, 22nd of February

09.00 LALEH FOROUGHANFAR 
(PS/MA) HF, NdB,

10:30 AMR BALAH
(PS/NdB) HF, MA,

Examiner:
Peter Sjöström (PS), ass Professor, Director of SUDes, LTH

Supervisors:
Martin Arfalk (MA), Landscape Architect, Owner MANDAWORKS
Malmö - Amsterdam
Niels de Bruin (NdB), Senior Landscape Architect and Director
at White Architechts Malmö 

Jury:
Harrison Fraker (HF), Professor of Architecture and Urban design,
College of Environmental Design Berkeley USA

Sustainable Urban Recycling opens exhibition in Helsingborg

The unique projects of the students in the “Sustainable Urban Recycling” course make the object of an exhibition titled “Helsingborg Tramlines: Connecting the City, Making Places”. 

The exhibition is organized by SUDes with the support of Sparvagnar i Skane (Trams in Skane) and the City of Helsingborg. It provides insight into 38 student works that works challenge conventional notions of sustainability and propose new structures preparing and supporting the processes of urban transformation in Helsingborg along new tramlines. 

The exhibition is open to the public until the 8th of February, Monday-Fridays between 8:30 and 17:00 at the Helsingborg Planning Department entrance hall, Jarnvagsgatan 22, Helsingborg.

 

More about the event: [Sparvagnar i Skane].

 

SUDes & Malmo City hold Visionary Image Workshop

Recently, a number of SUDes thesis students took part in an image workshop organized by the master’s program and Malmo Stad.  The workshop took place over 3 days and included lectures from development and urban planning professionals and input on image development from SUDes alumni Dziugas Lukosevicius.

 

The workshop focused on developing inspiring images for future development in Malmo.  The areas of Hyllie in southern Malmo and Kirseberg in northeastern part of the city.  Images ranged from bird’s eye perspective that showed the future green structure to collages that showed the transformation of Malmo urban edge.

 

 

SUDes Final Reviews Ongoing

The final presentations for Sustainable Urban Recycling and Sustainable Urban Dynamics are being held on  December 11th and 12th.  The 2 design studios have been held over a 15 week period this fall with the Sustainable Urban Recycling focusing its work on revitalize of Helsingborg along future tram lines  and Sustainable Urban Dynamics looking at the transformation of a site in the Pingshan district of Shenzhen, China.

Guests for the two days include international guests from Denmark, Holland, and USA as well as a number of distinguished guests from around Sweden.  The 2 days includes presentations from over 60 students currently studying in the program's studios.  

Presentations begin 9:15 and run throughout the day.  Please join us for an exciting 2 days at the School of Architecture in Lund.

 

 

SUDes & PKU Present Workshop Results in Shenzhen, China

Recently the students of the Sustainable Urban Dynamics studio returned home from a 12 day workshop & study trip to the Pearl River Delta region in southern China.  The focus of the trip was a 5 day collaborative workshop entitled 'Connecting Futures' in which 29 students from Lund University’s Sustainable Urban Design Master’s Program and 36 students from Peking University’s Graduate School of Landscape Architecture took part.  In mixed groups, the students participated in a site visit, lectures by Pingshan’s Urban Planning office, and 3 intense days of group work and tutorials before presenting their final visions.

With participating students from over 12 countries, the aim of the workshop was to envision & present a context sensitive urban design proposal for the transformation of an existing urban village that connects the coming regional train line, the planned Shenzhen metro line 12 and the Pingshan Business District with the more historic fabric of the original village core.  The workshop was designed to jump start the students design process and forced each group to act quickly, utilize their field observations, and think conceptually to gather starting points for their future work.  

The workshop's results were presented on October 12 to an international jury that included Barry Wilson of Initiatives; Philip Lai of Arup; Martin Arfalk of Mandaworks / Lund University; Nick Bigelow, Peter Siöstrom and Lars Henrik Ståhl of Lund University; and Han Xili of Peking University.  The proposal entitled “City Flow” won the first prize.  The group included Edda Ivarsdottir, Nadia Petersson, Boris Yordanov, Zheng Qingzhi, Xiang Yuanyuan, Ding Mingjun and Shi Rongxin.

During the trip, the students also had the opportunity to gain insight into the Pearl River Delta region through study trips to Hong Kong and Guangzhou.  During the trips, the student had the opportunity to visit urban development projects they had studied in Sweden, gain insight from local tour guides and immerse themselves in Chinese culture by visiting local neighborhoods.

 

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Applications for 2013

The application period, for the Master's Programme in Sustainable Urban Design is now open.

The application period will be open from October 16th, 2012 until January 15th, 2013.  For more information go to the Admissions page.  You can also get more information and begin your application at University Admissions.se

Learn more about the program by downloading the 2012 version of the SUDes programme guide.

 

 

See the Reflections on the 7th Annual SUDes Conference

The 7th annual conference sponsored by SUDes, the Sustainable Urban Design Program at Lund University was set within an ambitious agenda:

“Urban designers are rethinking the search for urban form: probing for deeper meanings, exploring different narratives, searching for hidden dimensions and representing the ephemeral flows of daily life, all in an effort to create a more enriching, meaningful and sustainable urban existence.”

- Conference program SUDes12

With the idea, that urban places of distinction are those that draw from larger ideas, but are formed in ways that are specific, shaped by the social and environmental forces at play in the locale. They may be defined in ways that establish a particular identity, reveal the importance of underlying conditions of the land and natural process, and support the evolution of new forms of understanding. At the same time they should provide and affirm the pleasures of being present. Places are benchmarks of community aspiration.

With these ambitions, 6 international speakers presented their individual work and research on the topic of Urban Specifics to explore the understanding and use of contextual conditions within the search for Resilient Cities. You are all invited to see the Conference Report at the following link: Conference Report 2012. We look forward to seeing you all next year for another exciting conference!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alumni Gathering In Shanghai

Recently six SUDes alumni and Sustainable Urban Dynamics Studio Master Martin Arfalk met in Shanghai to share their different perspectives on China and the on-going urban transformation happening their.  The alumni included Tadas Jokubauskas (2011) and Kun Hua (2011) of CPG Corporation, Tamara Pavlovic (2011) of DLR Group WWCOT, Liu Hailan (2012) and Haoxia Chen (2012) of RTKL, and Nicholas Bigelow (2011) of Lund University / Mandaworks. 

The evening was filled with great food, memories of studying in Lund, and of discussions on the professional practice of urban design in China.

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Welcome to the 7th Annual SUDes Conference

Hosted by the Sustainable Urban Design Master Programme, the Ax:son Jonson Institute for Sustainable Urban Design and the School of Architecture LTH at School of Architecture LTH, the Great Exhibition Hall, on September 26th, 8.40-17.00 

This year’s topic, Urban Specifics – Resilient Cities in the Making.  Keynote speeches by:

  • Lina Dahlström, Architect, Sydväst, Malmö
  • Nicholas de Monchaux, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ewa Westermark, Architect, Gehl Architects, Copenhagen
  • Brian MacKay-Lyons, Professor of Architecture, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Kelly Shannon, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Institute of Urbanism & Landscape, Oslo School of Architecture & Design
  • Dan Stubbegaard, Architect, director and founder of COBE, Copenhagen 

The Conference looks at how the search has been enhanced by new tools and new knowledge, creating an expanded field of inquiry, both confirming and challenging old assumptions and sensibilities. SUDes-12 will explore emerging processes; will probe new dimensions that reveal latent potential. 

 

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LTH app for Android and iPhone

 

New Students! LTH has introduced it's first web app to help you settle in at the Sustainable Urban Design Programme!

A new term begins at LTH. A lot happens in the first few weeks: academic introduction, team-building activities, lectures and, not least, learning to find one’s way around Lund and student life.

To make the new student's life easier, LTH has launched a free iPhone and Android application. ”LTH Guide”. It is designed to help them find their way around Lund and the LTH campus, to display  their current schedule, and provide a map to guide them to  their lecture halls. The application is the first one of its kind at Swedish colleges and universities. With the information literally at their fingertips the new students will find it easier to familiarize themselves with everything Lund has to offer, be it studies, entertainment, culture, or simply a cup of coffee. 

[Learn more about the app and download it free!]

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SUDes Hosts 1st Annual Alumni Gathering

Last Friday evening, SUDes held its first ever alumni gathering in Lund.  With former students coming from all over the Oresund Region, the meeting gave alumni a chance to reconnect and discuss their professional opportunities since graduating and enjoy the night catching up.  The event, in typical SUDes fashion, was an potluck style meal with each alumni bringing a dish to share with the group.   

SUDes director Peter Siostrom and Guest Professor Harrison Fraker joined the festivities and added to the discussion. Topics on the table included recent urban design competitions in Scandinavia, Thai cuisine and tropical fruit production, and next fall's SUDes conference.

With the success of the first ever event, the group discussed the ambition of making the gathering a new annual tradition in the SUDes program.  Keep posted on alumni activities through the SUDes Alumni facebook pages as we hope to see the event grow and all the SUDes alumni again in Fall.

 

 

Final Reviews of Sustainable Urban Landscape

On May 23rd and 24th the 30 students from the Sustainable Urban Landscape course presented their final projects.  Utilizing the context of courses 2 sites, 30 students presented a series of visions for how to work with urban infill to enhance urban green structures, open stormwater management systems, and strategies for integrating wildlife into the urban environment.

The final review was the culmination of the 15 week course that included in-depth studies on the Oresund Region, case studies on best practices for working with the urban landscape, and a series of seminars that brought forward theoretical discussion on the integration of landscape and urbanism.

With the contrasting sites of the Northern Harbor in Copenhangen and the village of  Rydebäck in Sweden, the discussions took everyone involved on a tour of the challenges within the Oresund and a range of design discussions that included the treatment of post industrial landscape and innovative strategies for the integration of eco-tourism in the urban environment. The jury included Harrison Fraker and Donlyn Lyndon from UC Berkeley, Frida Rosenburg from KTH in Stockholm, Karin Helms from the Landscape Architecture School in Versailles, Martin Arfalk from Mandaworks, and Louis Lovenstein of Sweco.

The sustainable urban landscape studios work is now on exhibition throughout the Architecture building with other work from the schools studios.

 

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SUDes Thesis Students Present Work

On May 21 and 22, 5 SUDes master's students presented their thesis works to an international jury that included guest critics Laura Lee of Carnegie Mellon University, Johanna Vittenmark of Lund's Municipality, and Louise Lovenstein of Sweco Architects along with guest professors Harison Fraker and Donlyn Lyndon of University of California - Berkley.

Each student presented their project  on a personal research interest through their personal vision for an implementable design on a project site of their choice.  With site's ranging from the post industrial landscapes of Oslo and Beijing to a proposal for the redevelopment of a monumental building site in Bucharest, the thesis students challenged existing visions for urban development patterns throughout the world.

Each students design project was the result of a semester's work in which they lead the design process, developed their research into a thesis manual, and worked with a design tutor of their choosing to develop a site specific design proposal.  The 5 presenting students were Haoxia Chen (China), Liu Hailin (China), Delia Moldoveanu (Romania), Samin Salehi (Iran), Mashoumeh Mirsafay Moqaddam (Iran).

We wish these 5 thesis students the best of luck and want to congratulate them on their accomplishments over the past 2 years!!!  

 

2 SUDes Students Win UngBo 12 Competition

Recently two SUDes students, Danny Bridson and Delia Moldoveanu independently won portions of the Ung Bo 12 competition.  The on-going competition seeks innovative housing solutions for the housing shortage for young people in Malmo, Sweden.  The competition focuses on one or two of Malmo's city districts each month. 

Danny Bridson, from Toronto, Canada, won the competition for transforming an existing block in Torenrosen through his concept 'Torenrosen Deconstructed.'  Utilizing parts of his proposal from the urban recycling course, Danny's proposal shows how an aging modernist block can be re-structure into a more diverse and human scale block over a process of time. 

Delia Moldoveanu, a current thesis student in the SUDes program, also won a portion of the Ung Bo Competition with her idea to 'Build your neighborhood on the rooftop'.  Delia proposal utilizes the flat roof of the Bellevuegårdsbibliotek complex to rethink the possibility of rooftop living by developing it into a youth neighborhood. Delia describes the work by stating, 'mixing a public library and commerce with housing creates a hybrid-architectural object; an indispensable component for a resilient city. To be able to occupy different rooftops of various shapes and sizes, I propose a small module that is easy to place in the desired position. The result is an affordable living environment for a happy community.'

The win netted both Danny and Delia 25,000 SEK in prize money and a 15,000 SEK travel scholarship in which they both hope to use to further their studies in urban design by investigating quality public spaces in Europe.  Please check out Danny, Delia's and all the other proposals at www.ungbo12.se/en and take part in the conversation to help find the most innovative ways to solve Malmo's housing for young people.

 

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Sustainable Urban Recycling Currently Exhibiting Work in Malmo's Stadhuset

On Tuesday March 27, the students of Sustainable Urban Recycling formally opened an exhibition of their work with a vernissage in Malmo's city hall.  The exhibition is a collaboration between Malmö Stad, the Ax:son Johnson Institute for Sustainable Urban Design,  and the Sustainable Urban Design (SUDes) master's program at Lund University. 

The opening included short presentations by Göran Rosberg and Magdalena Alevrà as well as course leaders Åsa Bjerndell and Niels de Bruin.

The exhibition focuses on highlighting new and innovative ideas for the reuse of 5 different linear sites on the evolving eastern edge of Malmö's city center.  The projects range from time based approaches for urban infill to proposals for urban agriculture to discussions on potential parasitic structures to active key neighborhood public spaces.

The exhibition is available for public visit from Monday thru Friday from 9-5 until the 11th of May.  The exhibition is located in the hallway outside the conference room in Malmö's Stadshuset (city hall).   

 

 

Klas Tham Lecture

Photo by Helena Bergengren

On Wednesday, 28 March 13:00, Klas Tham visits the School of Architecture and will lecture in the Sustainable Urban Landscape course.  Other courses are invited to take part in the lecture. The designer of the BO01 project will lecture on his overall credo on architecture, landscape architecture and urban life in the lecture The Humane in Architecture.   The lecture will be in hall A:B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mid-Term Presentations in Sustainable Urban Landscape 2012

On March 19th the Sustainable Urban Landscape course had their mid-term review with guests Louise Lövenstierne, Ulrika Bjärtman, Maria Flores, and Karl Welin together with course leaders Jeppe Aagaard Andersen and Carley Friesen.

The studio projects this term are situated in Rydebäck on the Swedish side of the Öresund, and in Copenahgen on the Danish side of the Öresund.  The course deals with creating a regional strategy, then focusing on the natural and constructed landscapes and systems in the city, and proposing sustainable solutions.

 

 

 

Final Presentation for Sustainable Urban Recycling and Sustainable Urban Dynamics

Photo by Mårten Espmarker

The final presentations on December 6th and 7th were a great success, with two days full of meaningful discussions.  A special thanks to all the guest crits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Final Reviews

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The final reviews for the studios Sustainable Urban Recycling and Sustainable Urban Dynamics will take place on December 6th and December 7th at the new School of Architecture in the Great Hall and the Full Scale Lab.  See the poster for more information!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Dynamics course in China

Recently the students of the Sustainable Urban Design studio return home from a 10 day study trip to Beijing, ChinaAs part of the course, the study trip focused on globalization through the perspective of the rapid urban development of China.

During the trip the students completed a workshop entitled 'Sustaining Beijing Tomorrow.'This international collaboration was marked by a series of guest lectures, a day long site visit, and 3 days of group work and tutorials. The workshop's results were presented on October 14 to an international jury and marks an on-going partnership between the SUDes program at Lund University and Peking University's Graduate School of Landscape Architecture.

With 54 student participating from over 12 countries, the goal of the workshop was to investigate the strategic transformation of the neighborhoods surrounding the National Gallery in Beijing, China.On the final day of the workshop, each student group was asked to present a vision for future of the area with a particular emphasis on sustainability.During the trip the students also had the opportunity to attend the 'Designed Ecologies' Forum at Peking University, visit urban development projects around Beijing they had studied in Sweden, and immerse themselves in Chinese culture by visiting historic sites such as The Great Wall and The Forbidden City.

More information about [ Sustainable Urban Dynamics ].

 

 

Applications For Autumn 2012 Are Open

The application period for the Masters of Sustainable Urban Design Programme starting August 2012 is now open.  Learn more about applying at universityadmissions.se.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Water, Urban Form and _1 Release

On September 21st the Sustainable Urban Design Programme at the School of Architecture hosted the 6th annual workshop conference, this year entitled Urban Water, Urban Form.  Over 200 students and professionals attended, to engage in discussion about urban water issues.

The conference was also an opening for the first SUDes Publication, _1.  The publication is a journal of the best student work from the last years of the urban design programme.  Essays, studio projects, and interviews combine to create a publication which represents the diversity of the programme.

Learn more about the [annual conference.]

Learn more about [SUDes Publishing.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SUDes Conference 2011

The 6th annual SUDes conference will take place on September 21st.  This year we will have a one day conference with lecturers from around the world, and lots of time for discussion with the acclaimed guests.

 

Dilip da Cunha [ Mathur/da Cunha, USA ]

Marieke Timmermans [ la4sale, The Netherlands ]

Martin Felsen [ Urban Lab, USA ]

Kongjian Yu [ Turenscape, China ]

Jeppe Aagaard Andersen  [ JAAA, Denmark ]

Kristian Skovbakke  [ Gehl Architects, Denmark ]

 

See the full schedule and description of this year's theme, Urban Water, Urban Form [here.] For more information and to learn about past SUDes conferences visit our conference [page].

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Final Reviews

The final reviews for the semester concluded on Wednesday evening. Students from Urban Recycling and Urban Dynamics presented their work in the Full Scale Lab, with four simultaneous jury sessions. The conversation carried through into the reception held after the presentations, together with guest critics and professors.

 

 

Final Reviews : Urban Recycling and Urban Dynamics

On monday, december 6th through tuesday, december 7th, the SUDes programme will carry out the final presentations for the two design studios, Sustainable Urban Recycling, and Sustainable Urban Dynamics. 

The group of panelists who will critique the presentations includes architects from Sweden, Denmark and the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Image for the SUDes Programme

The Sustainable Urban Design programme is launching a new cover image.  The new photo was created by Dziugas Lukosevicius, M.Sc. Sustainable Urban Design 2010.  He created the image during the Sustainable Urban Dynamics studio in 2009, when the site for the project was the post-olympic park in Beijing.

The image shows a public space created by reusing urban components.  Sometimes the social sustainability factors are forgotton when we focus on energy, green roofs, etc. I was focusing on the public spaces.”

The image was created as a collage. The existing Bird’s Nest Arena has new functions laced into its structure.  A mixed-use area was introduced to create a tight street around the iconic building.

I think the image is provocative because of the proximity of the different scales,” Dziugas says.

The director of the SUDes programme, Peter Siöström thinks the image sums up current issues in sustainable urban design.  He says the image shows the global scale, but also details the humanistic aspects of sustainability. 

“The image shows the mixed interests of the city, from a global icon and down to daily life.  The two come together to create a high-quality public realm.”

The [SUDes programme guide] has been updated.  It now includes up to date information on the programme study trips, guest lectures, and collaborations.  It also includes a section on the degree projects that have been published in the programme the last year.

The updates are taking place as the application period is fast approaching.  The application period begins December 1, 2010 and is open until January 15, 2011.  For more information or if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

 

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Berlin, Sustainable Urban Process

The course Urban Process went on a weekend study trip to Berlin last weekend.  The German city of Berlin is relatively close to Lund, only around a 6 hour train ride, or a very quick flight.  Berlin has excellent examples of urban design processes, ranging from long-term projects, to 'guerilla' style development.

 

 

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Study Trip China 2010

The second year course in Sustainable Urban Dynamics, recently returned from a 3 week study trip to China. The study trip included a trip to the Shanghai Expo. The students visited various pavillions, including a visit to the Swedish Pavillion during Architecture week, where they heard a series of lectures pertaining to Swedish/Chinese collaboration in the development industry.

 

This year, the groups itinerary involved travels to some of the smaller Chinese cities where they studied urbanization of smaller communities and it's impact on environmental systems.

 

More information on the [workshop during the trip can be found here.]

 

 

 

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Sustainable Urban Design in Shanghai

Masters students from the Sustainable Urban Design programme were involved in a urban design workshop and competition as part of the [Shanghai Expo 2010].  The theme of this year's expo is "Better Cities, Better Life" and SUDes students had a change to participate in creating future visions and strategies in a chinese context.  The international student competition was held together with chinese students from Fudan University and Tongji University.

 

 

 

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Sustainable Urban Design Workshop Conference

On September 20th to 21st the School of Architecture hosted the fifth annual [Sustainable Urban Design Workshop Conference].  The theme of the international and interdisciplinary conference was Urban Green, Urban Form.  Guests from Sweden, Denmark and the U.S.A shared about architecture and urban design that responds to environmental issues; from both scientific and social perspectives.

Following the conference lecture series, students and professionals participated in a design charette, dealing with urban form, urban green in the city of Lund.  In a 24 hour intense workshop, 16 proposals were made dealing with issues such as knowledge accessibility in the city, urban green as an object, and urban agriculture. 

Read the [task and see the list of speakers here].

View the [Sustainable Urban Design Conference proposals here].

 

 

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Shanghai Expo 2010

The 2009 studio in Sustainable Urban Dynamics entitled The Beijing Olympic Park Post-Olympics : From the Spaces of the Event to Everyday Places, is now on exhibition in the Swedish Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo in China.

A design workshop was carried out in September 2009 in Shenzhen where the students of Sustainable Urban Dynamics met with GLSA students at Peking University to discuss and design future possibilities for the Beijing Olympic Park.  The result of this workshop forms the content of the exhibition, which will be on display throughout Architecture week at the Expo.

View more from the exhibition [here].

 

 

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