Landscape Technology

We work with water, terrain, plants and their relation to landscape architecture. The aim is to create the best methodological foundation for development, operation and management of green and sustainable urban environments.

Landscape Technology


Major research projects

Green ecoscreens 
Water Resilient Green Cities for Africa
Klimatilpasning - på den anden side af hegnet

Other projects

Regnvandsteknisk evaluering af klimatilpasning Kokkedal

Projects i China

China-EU Cooperation on Sponge Cities

Completed projects

Dual porosity filtration
Byer i vandbalance (Danish)
Vand i Byer (Danish)


Recent peer reviewed publications - vegetation
Pocket woods for 21st century urban landscapes / Nielsen, Anders Busse. I: *SCAPE MAGAZINE, Nr. 15, 2017, s. 102-109

Spatial configurations of urban forest in different landscape and socio-political contexts : identifying patterns for green infrastructure planning. / Nielsen, Anders Busse; Hedblom, Marcus; Olafsson, Anton Stahl; Wiström, Björn. I: Urban Ecosystems, Bind 20, Nr. 2, 2017, s. 379-392

Forest Edge Regrowth Typologies in Southern Sweden—Relationship to Environmental Characteristics and Implications for Management. / Wiström, Björn; Nielsen, Anders Busse. I: Environmental Management, Bind 60, Nr. 1, 2017, s. 69-85

Urban tree diversity - Taking stock and looking ahead. / Morgenroth, J.; Östberg, Johan; Bosch, C. Konijnendijk van den ; Nielsen, Anders Busse; Hauer, R. ; Sjöman, Henrik; Chen, W.; Jansson, M. I: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Bind 15, 2016, s. 1-5

Is colourful self-sustaining forb vegetation mere fantasy? / Bjørn, Mona Chor; Weiner, Jacob; Ørgaard, Marian. I: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Bind 15, 2016, s. 75-79

Recent peer reviewed publications - climate, water and soil
Method for assessment of stormwater treatment facilities – Synthetic road runoff addition including micro-pollutants and tracer / Cederkvist, Karin; Jensen, Marina Bergen; Holm, Peter Engelund. I: Journal of Environmental Management, Bind 198, Nr. Part 2, 2017, s. 107-117

Conditions and opportunities for green infrastructure : – Aiming for green, water-resilient cities in Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam. / Herslund, Lise Byskov; Jensen, Marina Bergen; Liu, Li; Fryd, Ole; Backhaus, Antje. I: Landscape and Urban Planning, 10.10.2017

Climate resilience strategies of Beijing and Copenhagen and their links to sustainability. / Liu, Li; Jensen, Marina Bergen. I: Water Policy, Bind 19, Nr. 6, 2017, s. 997-1013.

Characteristic Rain Events: A Methodology for Improving the Amenity Value of Stormwater Control Measures. / Smit Andersen, Jonas; Lerer, Sara Maria; Backhaus, Antje; Jensen, Marina Bergen; Danielsen Sorup, Hjalte Jomo.I: Sustainability, Bind 2017, 9 (10), 1793, 03.10.2017

Controlling stormwater quality with filter soil-event and dry weather testing. / Cederkvist, Karin; Jensen, Marina Bergen; Ingvertsen, Simon Toft; Holm, Peter Engelund. I: Water (Switzerland), Bind 8, Nr. 8, 349, 2016

Sustainable urban drainage systems : examining the potential for green infrastructure-based stormwater management for Sub-Saharan cities. / Mguni, Patience; Herslund, Lise Byskov; Jensen, Marina Bergen. I: Natural Hazards, Bind 82, 2016, s. S241–S257

Factors affecting the hydraulic performance of infiltration based SUDS in clay. / Bockhorn, Britta; Klint, Knud Erik S.; Locatelli, Luca; Park, Young-Jin ; Binning, Philip John; Sudicky, Ed; Jensen, Marina Bergen. I: Urban Water Journal, Bind 14, Nr. 2, 2017

PhD Thesis

Jan Støvring: Urban Surfaces in a New Era: Planning and designing with permeable pavement systems for storm water management

Mette Boye Nielsen: Maximizing Ecosystem Services in Danish Single-Family Housing Areas

Patience Mguni: Sustainability transitions in the developing world: Exploring the potential for integrating Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems in Sub-Saharan Cities

Britta Bockhorn: Landscape Technology: Improving the hydraulic performance of stormwater infiltration systems in clay tills

Ole Fryd: Planning for sustainable urban drainage systems

Antje Backhaus: Urban stormwater landscapes - values and design


Members of the research group

PhD students

Improved construction technologies

Landscape Technology research aims to expand the foundation for landscape architecture. It is about improved construction technologies and new nature-based infrastructure services. Examples of targeted fields are dynamics and establishment of vegetation; climate adaptation, water treatment, and erosion control; and enhancement of urban nature. We combine a wide range of disciplines including among others landscape architecture, environmental chemistry, horticulture, urban planning, biology, civil engineering, GIS and modelling.

Sustainable development

The overarching aim of our research is to combine life sciences with urban landscape design for sustainable development. As seen from the list of publication and projects our research spans from planning and management of urban landscapes to innovation and testing of specific techniques and methods for sustainable development through landscaping.

Main research questions

The Landscape Technology Research Group work with questions like:

  • How can we develop landscape architecturally interesting and sustainable planting concepts that work on both planning, projecting and management levels?
  • Can the urban water infrastructures be rethought in such a way that the cities both become robust towards both extreme rain and drought and are strengthened with regards to city life, biodiversity and recreational opportunities?
  • How are operations and management of green spaces organized, and what changes and innovations are currently happening? How is the cooperation between management methods, the organizational reality and the green spaces?