Artificial Landscape - Railway Area

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An Artificial Landscape - A Railway Area in Copenhagen


The project explores the possibility of creating an artificial landscape over a railway area in Vesterbro, Copenhagen. Straining to combine two apparently incompatible goals, on the one hand to develop the area from being a void in the city landscape, and putting it in closer context to the surrounding neighborhoods – and on the other hand to retain the area’s character and uniqueness.


Would it be possible to create the new artificial landscape by combining elements from the existing railway area with elements from the adjacent residential area in Vesterbro? Could the two very different landscapes generate the creation of the third, a new, unforeseen landscape that was completely unique, a place with its own character and identity, that would still be perceived in context to its history, and in context to the its surrounding neigborhoods?


By focusing on the drawing as a producing material, the area is cartographically explored in several layers, where both the existing and the possible connections to, from and inside the area are discussed, and where possible focal points, events and flows in the field can be detected in a strategic development, with an eye for possible programming of the area. The idea is not to recreate an aerial image, or an imitation of the area, but rather to make the drawing self-generating, to be its own. "Make a map not a tracing" (Deleuze and Guattari).1 The intention is to slowly bring forth the new area’s identity, to avoid it being perceived foreign or fake.


With a parallel focus on finding and isolating characterizing elements and events from the railway area and its adjacent areas, it would be possible to create a possible "alphabet" of the place, that does not exist in a static final version, but where the elements are developed continuously, they can be put together in various ways, and switch meaning, depending on how they are put in the context and in context with each other. The alphabet could include both models and drawings, and their development in the encounter with the context, could be an attempt to create an artificial landscape that feels simultaneously strange and familiar, in context with its surroundings and with its own identity.


1. Cort Ross Dinesen. 2013. „Kartografi og Topologi.“ Kartografi I Hydra #3, s. 13.


Fall semester 2013.


Drawings from the project were published in Architectural Drawing as Reflection. Red. Cort Ross Dinesen and Birgit Skovfoged Østergaard. The Royal School of Architecture Publishers, 2014.

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