It has been unreal moving to Copenhagen, and submerging myself into the urban design world once again. My final design proposal whilst studying at QUT was a speculation for Alberslund Syd. It proposed a concept of urban gardening and bicycle recycling as a means for the community to support itself in a tough economic environment. The organisations and individuals i have met since moving here are actively contributing to this reality. Not in Alberslund Syd itself but throughout Copenhagen.
Creative Roots, a co-creative collective I have become involved with who are based in Fredricksberg, are working on a number of exciting projects that will involve the greater community to have an active roll in the resign of their public urban space. Including pop up gardens, open lads and street activation strategies.
Byhaven2200, which i could rave on and on about, is such a lovely place. Through focusing strongly on permaculture principles, this community garden is thriving in both social, political and environmental aspects. Every Wednesday 3-6pm and Saturday 12-3pm keen gardeners gather together to get there hands dirty. The reward is plentiful. This week I harvested so much leafy green veg, including kale, silverbeet varieties, lettuce, oregano, sage, mint, parsley, corn flowers and more.
It is a fantastic feeling to fall asleep at night smiling about how what was once a visualisation has become my reality.
I was honorer to receive the Landscape Architecture Australia prize for design communication in 2011 for Alberslund Cycle
I stumbled upon this pocket of fun on my walk home today. Situated on Nansensgade in Nørreport, this basketball court/skate park is a beautiful example of how multiple recreational functions can overlap in a dense inner city environment. The skating surfaces also function as seats. While I was visiting the space, a group of men came to play badminton on the court while another was bouldering on a climbing wall on the adjacent building.
Overlap-So much fun can be had in one small urban space.
Happy Wall, in central Copenhagen is a giant pixle sceen made by recycling artist Thomas Dambo. The screen consists of nearly 2000 wooden boards, made out of the remnants of Tuborg’s cinema tribune at Roskilde Festival 2013. This temporary urban instillation gives life and vitality to a city square that would otherwise be left as a ‘nothing space’ until the adjacent construction is finished
This is a joyful interactive street art instilation on the fence surrounding a construction site. It is a temporary urban intervention that shows the attention to detail and importance of design to Copenhageners. https://www.facebook.com/events/639304192821516/
Get high on life at Enghave Plads, Copenhagen
I couldn’t be happier! Two weeks after arriving in this city, and making the big decision that Copenhagen will be home for a while, I can’t help but smile at how a random choice landed me in such a great place. On my first day in town in found myself wandering through the streets of Norrebro, a vibrant inner suburb, once a dead beat part of town, that now bursts with life. Both street life and landscape life.
Norrebro is home to Byhaven2200 a community permaculture garden. This garden not only bursts with produce but also with a wonderful community. I am stoked to have found this place and been welcomed into it with such open arms. http://byhaven2200.dk
There is much I want to write about Landscape architecture, urban design and community gardens. But I want to save it for later. For when I have more clarity on the subject. I will post my discoveries on urban gardening and who knows what we might find.
Julia in urban pop up garden in Carlsberg area of Copenhagen