GKL1: Landscape Laboratory

Studio GKL1 is the first semester on the 5 years master in landscape architecture. The studio contains a series of 4 semester tasks focusing on landscape materiality, form, space and process as a profound introduction to the topic. Understanding natural processes, ephemeral and dynamic qualities of the landscape are an ongoing discussion in the studio work, and various artistic working approaches are tested as a way of tackling how ideas and sketches can be shaped into form. The selected works presented here show how the students have worked with a live music performance as a source of inspiration in shaping a place in the terrain near Akerselva into `Musikken Plass´.

Hand drawings following the rhythm of bassist Steinar Raknes are transformed into simple models and further integrated on individual sites at Akerselva, reflecting the `drama´of the varying topography and pace of the water. Hence, the local atmosphere play a big role in the development of the landscape architectural intervention. For this purpose, words from the music vocabulary are used to bridge the intuitive energy from the initial sketches and models into a final concept for Musikkens Plass.

In all semester tasks on this first semester, we emphasize and value the process and the developing of a working method, and how each step - forth… and often also backwards – can lead to future giant steps in pursuing a the sensibilities of landscape architecture.

Teachers: Hanne Bat Finke, Jan Bernigeroth, Nuno Ricardo Do Carmo Sardinha de Almeida, Silje Kolltveit

Students: Sander Lilja Langfeldt, Lars Hovland, Chenyu Yan, Kaja Bratt Bakka, Marthe Kristiansen, Heidi Johansdottir Fosse, Sander Matias Dahlen, Tuva Holland Mathisen, Kamil Benon Rød, Lene Katrine Hole, Taran Tenge, Benedicte Marie Jensen, Sindre Berg Bekkåsen, Anna-Julia Maria Kristina Granberg, Ivona Pepdonovic, Sandra Martine Eskeland, Nora Kristensen, Bjørn Blom-Jensen, Clara Iversen Peters, Sara Steen Holvik, Tobias Herland Bergwitz-Larsen, Aurora Wisnes Gytre, Cecilie Vedvik Assev, Jorild Johanna Bjerkeng Scherjon, Cecilie Johannessen