Woods Go Urban: Landscape Laboratories in Scandinavia

Anders Busse Nielsen, Lisa Diedrich, Harry Harsema, Catherine Szanto (Eds.)

Swedish University of Agricultural & Blauwdruk, 2023


In the book ‘Woods go urban’ fourteen experienced landscape architects and urban planners share – for the first time – their knowledge and insights on the creation and management of the landscape laboratories in Scandinavia.

Trees are social beings, just like us humans. Most trees live together in forests, woodlands, or simply woods. We love the woods. We often say to one another, let’s go to the woods. But what if it was the other way around? If the woods came to us, into our cities? This reflection might seem obscure. At a second glance however, it just might be the most logical and right thing to do.

The urban forest of the future is growing in Sweden. More than thirty years ago, three landscape laboratories were created here to provide space for experiments with alternative forest development. An approach in which hands-on design is combined with creative management, interactive education and with research and resident participation. An innovative approach. In the urban forest of the future, design and maintenance flow together seamlessly.

In the richly illustrated and academically founded book Woods go urban you can read everything there is to know about the design and development of these unique landscape labs. The book presents the ins and outs of the structural elements of the forest and will provide you with solid knowledge about it the meaning of creative management.


ISBN: 9789492474650

384 pagina's, geïllustreerd, 24 x 17 cm, paperback, Engels