Future Landscapes
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Urban Nature


THE CITY LAKES in Copenhagen, Denmark, are a series of man-made lakes between the old centre and the surrounding neighbourhoods. The lakes hold a strong historic and cultural connection and have been a popular recreational area since the 1800's .

Although the city lakes have been partially remediated they lack the basic necessary natural features to sustain a healthy lake ecology without continuous maintenance. Each spring, algae begins to bloom and by mid-summer the lake surfaces are covered so thickly that the city has to remove algae regularly. Alongside this, the public edges of the lakes are featureless and boring, with ill-defined paths and very few urban spaces.

The lakes hold the potential to become a high quality natural space in the midst of a dense urban centre. My thesis addresses four main goals:

1. To provide a naturalized edge to restore diversity and support the stability of the lake ecology;

2. To soften the transition between the constructed and natural edges through planting and materials;

3. To give a place to stay on the lakes to establish them as a good urban space as well as a natural, recreational area; and

4. To develop a context-sensitive design in the surrounding areas to create a better urban nature

Project: Master's Thesis 2011

Supervised by: Merete Anfeldt-Mollerup