Daniel Ewald, landscape architect MNLA

Project presentation – LAA215 Construction Design

Aerial view of the design concept in progress. SketchUp with aftereffects in Photoshop & Snapseed.

The construction design course has finally been delivered and presented. It has been a very educational course, where the main emphasis has been on the design concept, while at the same time a lot of work has been put into technical solutions and construction material assessments. In many ways it shows how one as a landscape architect needs to keep everything in mind; from design to plan to descriptions; being creative in the design process but down to earth in how the project should be realised. It’s a challenging balance act.

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Project presentation – LAA224: Shaping with vegetation

3D model of site

Project area. Google SketchUp + Photoshop

Above is the result of the project this semester in the course LAA224, shaping with vegetation. Our project has evolved from the initial blue-green concept of re-opening the stream running through the site, to include concepts for residential development and specific use of vegetation to create volumes and seasonal variation. The design is intended to make use of the historical qualities of the site; i.e. the former agricultural landscape, and the choice of vegetation reflects this.

Concept sketch

Concept sketch from the site, seen from the south

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LAA224 – Shaping with vegetation, part 1

Isoporlaboratoriet
Photoshop of the group members in ancient architect mode.

The course ‘Shaping with vegetation’ is split into four group tasks: The first part is a literature seminar, covering various uses of vegetation (practical/functional and aesthetical uses, examples, inspirational landscape designers etc.), the second, gone through in this post, is centered around superficial planning of vegetation in a relatively large area (a concept for plant selection and landscape design based on site analysis and rough volume estimations of the vegetation selected, presented in model works and concept illustrations and texts). The third and fourth task concerns detailed plans, vegetation use and care.

In this project we have used vegetation to make a residential development area understandable and readable design-wise, where private gardens, public green spaces and pathways towards the town centre are connected together in a modern interpretation of the historical landscape character. At the same time we have attempted to solve future challenges with surface water and erosion by use of sustainable urban drainage systems.


Aerial photo of the project site: Southern Moer farm, Ås.

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LAA214 – Project Presentation

We recently presented our project in LAA214 – Residential areas, or as it’s titled in the course description: Buildings and landscape.

LAA214 - Group 2, front page

In our project we were given the smallest of the ten project sites, and a challenging one at that – a site that didn’t leave too much room for residential development, due to size, existing qualities such as valuable hiking terrain and vegetation, topography, sun conditions et cetera. We chose to focus on a high quality of living, not densifying more than absolutely necessary to meet the demands.

Illustration Plan
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LAFT201 – Design project

This semester we were given the task of designing the outdoor space surrounding a factory of a theme of our choosing – either producing perfume, chocolate, bicycles, books or sportscars.
I chose sportscars because I have no relation to cars whatsoever, besides the occasional ride in the passenger seat. I don’t have a driver’s license. However, with this task I’m in full control of my actions…

Photoshop after model photo
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