The Past, Present and Future of Landscape ArchitectureSpring 2022

Catch is collaborating with the Section of landscape architecture and planning at University of Copenhagen who are running a course centered around the historical city and landscapes around Elsinore. Catch will be exhibiting the student’s projects from 28th of April to 31st of August. The exhibition will contain both a physical installation resembling the historical development in the landscape surrounding Elsinore and short audio guides about the landscape.  

During Spring 2022 a group of students studying landscape architecture at University of Copenhagen will be doing field studies in Elsinore on different locations such as the harbor, the gardens of Marienlyst, the private back yards in the city center, as well as in Catch’s space at Kulturværftet. The end goal is to build a historical installation, a sort of timeline, showing a part of Elsinore with focus on both sustainability and on how the relationship between human and nature has developed since the ice age until now, also including a look into the future. 

When you work with sustainability it requires having a long perspective. When the term was introduced in the UN’s Brundtland report from 1987, sustainability referred to living in a way not compromising future generations socially, economically and in terms of resources. As a landscape architecture education we are concerned with the question of how we can create an ecologically sustainable, just and inclusive development of our cities and landscapes in the future. How can physical cities and landscapes contribute to connecting humans and other living organisms so we can live side by side? Being a historical city, Elsinore provides a rich experiential archive, where we can learn about how humans have shaped the landscape and the city and lived with animals, plants, soil, water and changing climate conditions all influencing maritime life, gardenart, city development and welfare architecture. This makes Elsinore an exemplary site for providing historical depth to the discussion about sustainable design in the future. 

Today nature is under transformation and we know more and more about the consequences of exploiting nature’s resources and changing the landscape and the climate. How is this visible in the landscape of Elsinore?  

The exhibition is made by: Charlotte Liv Houmann Christensen, Sofie Møller Dissing, Nicoline Sciuto Hammer, Lærke Frida Schiøtt Jensen, Simone Skovdal Kejser, Laila Larsen Kildesgaard, Isabella Ljudmille Konge, Katinka Pi Madsen, Selma Viola Mallan, Ida Balslev Pedersen, Sine Waltersdorf Viager Smed (students) in collaboration with Richard Hare, Svava Riesto, Henriette Steiner og Lærke Sophie Keil (teachers).