Woods go urban - Landscape Laboratories in Scandinavia

€ 39,50

Roland Gustavsson, Anders Busse Nielsen, Björn Wiström, Allan Gunnarsson, Henrik Sjöman, Hanna Fors, Helena Melqvist, Petra Thorpert, Anders Folkesson, Stefan Darlan Boris, Dana Hladíková, Jan Šesták.

Anders Busse Nielsen, Lisa Diedrich, Harry Harsema, Catherine Szanto.


Hardcover with foil, 17 x 24 cm, 384 pages, full colour
ISBN 978 94 92474 650



Let’s go to the woods
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.

Laboratories in the woods
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.

Unique insights bundled with practical and academically founded experiences
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.

In 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.

Woods go urban was recently reviewed in Stadswerk:

'It is exceptional to have such a long coherent research path making the book a veritable treasure chest of lessons and discoveries. In three parts, the book describes the spatial composition, planting and development of forests, the governance of forests by what is called here 'creative management,' and the human-nature relationships that foster 'living laboratories.' [...] The beautiful photographs of the various 'landscape laboratories' show how attention to plant and place can transform an everyday landscape into a special place, without the need for large-scale works of art or architectural additions to the forest.'