Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning – University of Copenhagen

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Svava Riesto

Svava Riesto

Associate Professor

  • Landscape Architecture and Planning

    Rolighedsvej 23

    1958 Frederiksberg C

    Phone: +45 35 33 17 68

My research explores how people make sense of urban landscapes and interact with them. I am particularly interested how we change existing places in the city through acts of design, heritage, planning and everyday life. My research seeks to foster a critical discussion about the thought-frames and cultural values that people use to understand, assess and make futures for existing urban landscapes. 

I am responsible for the research project Biographies of Welfare Landscapes, which is part of a larger project "Reconfiguring Welfare Landscapes", funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research, Humanities, 2017-2020.

 Research topics:

-transformation/preservation, urbanism/heritage, site-specific design

-industrial sites, social housing, the future of 20th century urban landscapes

 -cultural imaginaries of nature in urban landscapes

-(landscape)architecture theory and historiography

-design critique

-biographical approaches to landscape research

Active in design, heritage and planning projects, curating exhibitions and writing architecture critique since 2001. 

Funding co-organizer of the Öresund Design Research Seminars.

Phd supervision:Ann-Charlott Eriksen "Green Facades in an Urban Perspective" and Lærke Keil "Doing Welfare  - biographical perspectives on post-war social housing".


Svava Riesto has taught art history, landscape architecture and architecture in humanities and design faculties in various contexts, including the Technical University of Delft, Oslo School of Architecture and at the University of Sheffield's School of Architecture.

Course responsible for the MSc course Theories and Methods of Landscape Architecture,

Supervision of Msc and Bsc theses and conducting varoious Phd Courses

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