Key note speakers – University of Copenhagen

Key note speakers

World in Denmark 2012

Enric Batlle (Spain)

Enric BatlleEnric Batlle combines architecture and landscape architecture as founding partner in the office Batlle I Roig based in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. Batlle I Roig’s international recognized works covers a wide range of projects dealing with landscape architecture, architecture and environment.

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The office has developed ecological methods to regenerate landfills landscape, as the Landfill in Vall d’en Joan or in the waste treatment plant of Vacarisses in Barcelona. This project has been awarded as the world production, energy and recycling building at the 2011 World Architecture Festival.

Beside his practice, Enric Batlle lectures in Urbanism and Landscape Architecture at the Vallès School of Architecture (ETSAV) and on the Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Enric Batlle is trained as a landscape Architecture and graduated with a doctor grade in 2002 with the thesis “The Garden of the Metropolis”.

James Hitchmough (Great Britain)

Professor of Horticultural Ecology, University of Sheffield

James HitchmoughJames Hitchmough describes himself as “a curious hybrid, a scientist and a designer”. He is professor of Horticultural Ecology at the Landscape Department, University of Sheffield in England, where he is pioneering in “plant system design”. With his students he explores the design and management of herbaceous vegetation in different contexts, such as urban landscapes and parklands. He has been researching since the mid 80’s within ecology and design of native vegetation, and in particular, non native vegetation. Bridging design and management, increasing sustainability and respecting wildlife are some of the main focuses in his work.

Recently were James Hitchmough and his colleague Nigel Dunnett principal horticultural and planting design for the whole 150 hectares site of the Olympic Park in London.

Along with Dunnett he is the co-author of the book The Dynamic Landscape (2004).

Li Dihua (China)

CALA of PKU, Turenscape

Li DihuaLi Dihua is one of the chief researchers and consultant designers at the international recognized office Turenscape, based in Beijing, with a great reputation for innovative and environementally design within landscape architecture. Turenscape’s philosophy is inspired by phenomena and processes observed in nature order to reunify "nature, man and spirit in one". Among their projects are Tanghe River Park, The Zhongshan Shipyard Park, Shenyang Architectural University Campus, the Floating Gardens, Yongning River Park and Tianjin Bridged Gardens.

Li Dihua is also an associate professor at The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA), vice-dean of Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, Peking University (PKU). His research interests include urban ecology, landscape planning and landscape sociology.

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Maria Dubin (Denmark)

Maria DubinMaria Dubin is an internationally renowned artist exploring - through her large format paintings - a world of biological and botanical elements. In her recent part of her career, she has developed a special interest for depicting microscopic elements, not visible to the naked eye such as plants, enzymes, fungus or bacteria. By painting these fragments of nature, she reveals what is seen under the microscope of a scientist and bridges science and art. She has recently finished a large calligraphic wall-painting, more than a thousand square meters, at Rambøll headquarters in Aarhus. During the working process, all visitors and employees were invited to see her painting, ask questions, and talk about the process of creation. Maria Dubin is trained at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris with special emphasis on painting, mosaics, ceramics and tapestry. She spent 20 years abroad travelling worldwide and painting for science museums, botanical gardens, and large companies working with natural science. Among her creations are the works “Bacteria“for the Danish company Novozymes, “Noahs Ark” in the Norman Foster elephant house at the Copenhagen Zoo,”Bubulubus- Microscopic Animals” in Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, and the Serbian Fungus paintings at the Museum of Natural History, Belgrade in Serbia.

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Roland Gustavsson (Sweden)

Professor at the Department of Landscape Planning, SLU, Alnarp.

Roland GustavssonRoland Gustavsson is an expert on full-scale landscape laboratories, emphasizing forest interior types, edges, meadows, small waters, walks and places. Since the early 1990’s he is key person in creating three Scandinavian living test areas: Alnarp and Snogeholm in Sweden and Holstebro in Denmark. The areas are used for teaching, researching and developing new methods within green spaces, peri-urban plantations, and forestry. Landscape design matters, connected to site and prolonged into the management phase are challenged and expanded through disciplines such as landscape architecture, plant ecology, forestry, agriculture, land art and horticulture.

Roland Gustavsson is educated as a landscape architect and is professor at the Department of Landscape Planning, SLU, Alnarp in Sweden, where he teaches landscape development. He is part of the international Periscape group, focusing the meeting between urban and rural, and member of Le Notre-group formulating programs for landscape management and landscape architecture in East Europe.

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Teresa Moller (Chile)

Teresa MollerFounding partner of Teresa Moller Associates (1987), Teresa is a highly distinguished Chilean designer. She runs a landscape architecture studio based in Santiago from where she works on both National and International projects.

In 2005, the British landscape magazine Garden Illustrated pointed out Teresa as one of the World’s ten most interesting current landscape designers. She has been invited to participate extensively in various design conferences as well as being published in numerous architectural/ landscape books and magazines.

Tere´s work and design concepts have been highly influenced by observing the landscape of her country.

Chile is a fascinating place that spans a large variation of different landscapes from Patagonian tundra to the desert lands in the north. The vital variations in climate, soils and aspect in each site means that she has an acute understanding of nature allowing her approach to a site to be very sensitive.

Her intuition allows her to see potential values within a site. Working with these aspects she encourages people to see and understand aspects of nature that they may not otherwise. Her design is always based on a partnership with nature.

The project, Punta Pite, her most well-known work, located just north of Santiago, explores the coastline by a series of pathways, steps and platforms revealing the various spatialities of the site. Her design shows in a very subtle way how to minimize the impact of manmade structures on nature.