Stones in the Stream
Graduate Design Studio: Landscape Design
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
This studio challenge was to redesign the main square in the small town of Söderköping, Sweden. Today the site consists of a sloping hard square, a park kept level by retaining walls toward adjacent streets, and a canal. My redesign proposal aimed to improve pedestrian connectivity and create flexible spaces with high affordability for different uses.
Currently, the elevation changes create barriers, and the space is fragmented both physically and visually. The concept for my design references the water in the canal, and my ambition to blend the square and the park and open up the space for unimpeded movement – streams of people who metaphorically wear down the edges of hard and fixed material. Like stones being rounded by the water in the stream, I created soft elevated form typologies with flexible edges for sitting. The organic forms give the square a coherent character, while creating a porous space encouraging a range of activities.
In addition to the presentation boards, I produced a 1-minute video illustrating the design of the space. I chose to take advantage of the element of time in motion picture to show how my design could be experienced over the course of seasons and the time span of a day.