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Svava Riesto

Svava Riesto

Associate Professor

Svava Riesto’s research is concerned with the history and theory of landscape architecture, architecture, cities and landscapes. She specializes in the preservation, transformation, and redevelopment of 20th century urban landscapes.

Leader of Practicing Welfare Landscapes, which is part of the interdisciplinary research project "Reconfiguring Welfare Landscapes". The project examines the open spaces of Danish post-war social housing estates as ‘welfare landscapes’, in a past, present and future perspective and is funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research, Humanities (2017-2020). 


Author of Biography of an Industrial Landscape. Carlsberg's Urban Spaces Retold (Amsterdam University Press 2018) and contributing editor of Forankring i Forandring. Christiania og bevaring som ressource i byudvikling (Arkitektskolens Forlag 2007).

Themed journal issues, e.g. As Found (Nordic Journal of Architecture 2011) and Arkitektur og Kvantitet (Periskop, 2016). Exhibitions on historical and contempoary urbanism, e.g. Wunderstadt - SLA (Galerie Aedes, Berlin).


Phd supervision

Ann-Charlott Eriksen: Green Facades as Boundary-crossing Objects. Main supervisor since 2017. 

Lærke Keil: Practicing Welfare Landscapes – The social role of an architectural element in Albertslund Syd. Main supervisor since 2017.


Teaching at the University of Copenhagen

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

Supervision of MSc and BSc theses.


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