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Åslund, Stina (2007) Med tanke på vintern. Other thesis, SLU.

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It may seem obvious that the urban space in our northern cities should be design to function and inspire throughout the whole year. This is not always the case. The urban space is often designed on a summer basis and the winter is regarded more as a problem then a resource and its potential remain unused. I have in this master thesis studied the impact of the winter on people and spaces and ponder on how to design functional and attractive places for winter. The project ends in a design concept for Broparken in Umeå on the theme "everyday winter day". The work with this thesis has given me, as a landscape architect, valuable experiences and filled a gap of knowledge that I had in this subject. I hope that this thesis can inspire Umeå kommun and others who are interested in how northern cities can benefit by its climate and develop towards a more complete city. The thesis begins with a chapter that present the subject from four different perspectives. The first part is about aspects on urban design in northern cities and how this work has developed until today. Different projects, from underground walkway system in large north american cities to Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, are presented shortly. Different trends and approaches are described and commented. Further on in the text the seasons and their importance to men, both cultural, symbolically and from a health perspective, is brought up. So are also a number of studies on the impact of winter on public activities. The qualities of winter, the potential of snow and ice as construction material and the principals for snow clearance is described briefly. The last part of this chapter presents the city of Umeå, the arena of this work. To gather experience and knowledge about how winter changes and affects public spaces, I have observed and documented a number of places in central Umeå during a year. These observations can be summarized in five aspects: spatiality, form, orientation, accessibility and degree of details. I noticed for example that the spatial structure generally is weakening in winter, that the snow when covering the pavement makes it difficult to orientate in and understand a place and that the degree of details decrease in winter. The design concept is presented in the third chapter, which begins with a motivation of the choice of Broparken as the place for the project, an analyse of the park and a short history review. The standpoints on the subjects that has been discussed earlier in the thesis, the conclusions from the observations and the analyse of Broparken is put together to a bas for the design concept to build upon. The goal with the design was to create an attractive, impressive and functional place, which strengthen the positive and minimize the negative aspects of winter. In the closing chapter I discuss the work from the program to the result. I reflect for example about how the winter design concept works in other seasons. The work ends with some ideas about interesting subjects for future projects.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: landscape architecture, winter, season, Umeå, urban space, parc
Subject (faculty): Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Divisions: SLU > Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences
Depositing User: Stina �slund
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 09:48
URI: http://ex-epsilon.slu.se/id/eprint/1559

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