Svava Riesto

Svava Riesto

Associate Professor

Svava Riesto, PhD, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Universitiy of Copenhagen.

My research engages with critical issues in urbanism where the historical perspective informs contemporary practices. I specialize in 20th and 21st century  designed landscapes and my reserach interests include urban narratives and imaginaries, and questions concerning heritage preservation , transformation and development of cities and landscapes.

I have worked several years in design -and planning firms prior to re-entering academia and my work seeks to create fertile links between research, education, and urban practices.


Current research activities

Core researcher in the project Reconfiguring Welfare Landscapes: the past, present and future of Danish post-war housing estate landscapes and leader of the sub-project Practicing Welfare Landscapes. Funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research, Humanities (2017-2020). 

Starting 2019: Researcher and MC member of Writing Urban Places. New Narratives of the European City, Cost Action, EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020. 

Starting 2019: PuSH - Public Space in Social Housing - a European HERA project, Horizon 2020. Core researcher and leader of the Danish case study. 



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

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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.


Current teaching at the University of Copenhagen

Theories and Methods of Landscape Architecture, course responsible.

Supervision of MSc and BSc theses.

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