The campus area represents a green oasis in the city, with a great potential from the landscape design point of view. This kind of project can be easily developed thanks to the variety of green and planted spaces that the campus has to offer: experimental fields, arboreta, rosariums and botanical gardens.
Landscape design students from the Horticulture University have access to a widespread area to test their ideas and knowledge within the campus. This is an opportunity to work together with them on a series of workshops meant to recreate common meeting places for students within the University grounds, parks and study fields.
1. Leisure area in the Arboretum
In the Arboretum area there is a seating arrangement made of concrete slabs at the base of a small knoll next to an old Oak tree. The concrete slabs were chosen as a temporary solution to create a leisure area for the students. They degraded over time and are rarely used anymore. There are around 100 existing concrete slabs 30x40x100cm deposited nearby and we suggest you use them to revitalize the area. A requirement is to keep the existing position of the seating arrangement. You can use other type of materials as well. These ideas can be developed together with the local students.
2. Landscape Design and Permaculture
“All the world’s problems can be solved in a garden” – Geoff Lawton.
If you are interested in landscape design using permaculture principles and have experience in this domain, this is the right workshop for you.
As a tutor, you should take into consideration climatic factors, water usage, aquaculture, earthworks and building structures using eco-friendly materials.
There are two ponds within the campus. The university will connect them through a canal. We suggest enhancing the connection through landscape design using aquaponics or permaculture principles, or any other intervention type.
The campus offers a study field for permaculture gardening, which will be used for this workshop.
3. Pavilion design
There are several possibilities for this type of projects.
The original plans of the campus included a pavilion in order to separate the Botanical Garden and the Arboretum, that was never built. You can design a pavilion which can either emphasize the visual limit between these areas or connect them. We encourage project ideas based on recycled or sustainable materials. More suitable sites for a pavilion could be along the alleys marked on the map.
The university needs a small pavilion to exhibit their best projects during the annual international conference hosts within the campus. The best place for this pavilion is green area between the parking lot and the Horticulture Faculty, but it’s not a requirement.
The oldest greenhouse in campus was demolished after 1989. This project will be placed in the area where this building used to be. It can serve as remembrance of the old greenhouse. Think of a new experimental greenhouse for the campus community of professors & students.
4. Pergola design
The campus has a lot of suitable sites for pergolas. The recommended sites are along the existing alleys in the park. The pergolas can be built out of any material and their dimensions can vary.
If you want, you can choose to design a pergola, considering there are 4-5 suitable sites
5. Urban Furniture (RE)Design
The entire campus area is suitable for developing a series of small interventions, from signage panels and urban furniture to rehabilitation and enhancements of larger structures. Throughout this workshop, you can obtain a strong impact using small scale objects made out of new or recycled materials.
The Rosarium needs new urban furniture in order to be revitalized. Seating benches, canopy projects or alley redesigns are possible interventions within the garden. Alongside one of the limits of the Rosarium there is a long pergola. The design of the existing pergola can be improved in various ways. For example, you can use the structure of the pergola as anchor points for your own structure.
You can also design signage and explanatory panels, that are necessary for a better orientation in the campus.