The landscape architects from SLA worked with the artist Morten Stræde to develop a landscaping- and art strategy for the gravel pits south of Roskilde showground. The raw material and festival site in Roskilde each year houses one of Europe’s biggest music festivals, The Roskilde Festival, and every year 100,000 people from all over the world guest the festival. For the rest of the year landscape, not yet excavated, work as a recreational landscape for the citizens of Roskilde. Every year, however, gravel pits eat their way through the landscape, leaving less green fields for guests and citizens to enjoy – a source of much controversy.
SLA has developed a landscape inspired planning method called processs urbanism. SLA does not regard nature and the city as opposites. The city is part of nature’s ecosystem and vice versa. There has to be a balance and a direct synergy effect between the many dynamic elements. Knowledge about wind, water, light, energy, circulation, politics, health, urban life, density, sustainability etc. is collected to create one urban ecosystem, filled with poetry and surprises.
The movie about process urbanism is an process itself, and will be subject to editions during 2010 and 2011. Currently the movie is shown at the Man Made Environment exhibition(23.09.–21.11), that will be shown in the Nordic countries during 2010-12, and on the website processurbanism.com.
SLA is a Copenhagen office of architects working with innovative landscape and urban space planning in Denmark and abroad. Among the office’s best known projects are the new urban spaces in Frederiksberg, the elephant landscape at the Copenhagen Zoo and the regeneration of Sønder Boulevard in Copenhagen. The office has ongoing projects on the waterfront in Oslo and at Kalvebod Brygge, as well as at several other locations.