Daniel Ewald, landscape architect MNLA

LAA214 – Buildings and Landscape – Part 1

CAD of the Area

This semester the landscape architecture course focuses on planning a designated residential area. The course projects are technically oriented, which is perfectly timed in my opinion – I’ve been wanting to obtain more practical knowledge in terrain shaping and so forth since the first year, as I didn’t grasp the entirety of it back then, and in this project we use everything we have learned so far.

After an introductory, individual task, we were split into groups of 5 for the main project. This involves a larger site, split into ten parts, one for each group. The site is located in the Bøleråsen area, which is north of Ås, in Ski municipality.

In our initial work we have studied the sun conditions, vegetation, topography and overall impressions through computer tools and on-site analysis. As a result we got a map of the area highlighting the site’s potential for residential development. We then did suggestion sketches individually on how the area could be developed, adding a rough estimate of residences, essential infrastructure, discussing which qualities to preserve as they were or emphasize further, etc. Afterwards we compared the different suggestions  to decide which ideas we would focus on.

CAD of slopesHouses in terrain

Our site is in essence dominated by existing vegetation, and is in use today as a hiking and recreational area. The local kindergarten has set up a cabin on one of the hilltops.

Along the northern edge of the area, in the lower part of the terrain, runs a pedestrian road. Also in the northern part there is a set of high wired power cables cutting through the landscape, forming a distinctive tunnel. Tall spruce trees borders this part of the area. The middle part of the site lies higher in the terrain, forming a sunrich plateu. Here the terrain is flatter and the vegetation consists of collections of pine trees, tall and majestic, with blueberry bush growth on ground. Here and there the bedrock is visible.
The southeastern part of the site is naturally bordered by a steep fall of 6-7 meters.

The mixed woods of spruce- and birch trees are dense and give an untidy impression. The spruces are old and dry; the birches tall and weak looking, having few side brances due to lack of sunlight. Several broken trees. This part of the vegetation is considered expendable; however, we decided that residential development should not be placed too densely – mass removal of existing vegetation would yield a sparse impression of the site as viewed from the outside or from the higher locations inside, where the vegetation is significantly more spacious.


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