What is preservation? How do we heal the wounds in nature, do we heal them at all?

Löten quarry has a rich histry and is a part of the cultural heritage of Ekerö. At the site, mining has been executed for over 120 years. The huge masses of sand and gravel from Löten is a cornerstone in the Stockholm cityscape. The landscape has been truly altered, but soon the quarrying is reacing its final stage of extraction. As the industrial activity is comin to an end, the landscape restoration will have to follow gradually. Several endangered species has been found at the site, which are strongly connected to the special habitats of sand and gravel quarries. In the past these habitats have been overlooked, and should now be embraced in a new way. As landscape architects, we want to use design principles that protects, promotes and strenghtens these habitats. Many of these habitats needs disturbance, and by bringing people to the site this can be achieved.

Since Löten is situated close to Stockholm there is a huge potential to bring a large number of people to the site and create a public interest in ecotourism. By making the site accessible via trails and design inventions, biodiversity and industrial heritage is highlighted. As of today there is no restoration plan for Löten. Our goal is to create a design proposal that will be implemented both during and after extraction. We want to create a place where biodiversity, cultural history, education and recreation can coexist.

Sneak peek. Designed biotope for Clover moth

"In the everday landscape, rather than simply designing to enhance ecological quality or even to express ecological function as form, we must design to frame ecological function within a recognizable form."

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Final Report preparations

As people summarize their summers we are now summarizing our project into the final report.

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Radio Interview

Interview with the local radiostation Radio Viking -Ekerö

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Thesis defense at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

On June 17th we presented and defended our thesis and the work done for QLA 2016.

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Project presentation at the Löten quarry

In early June we presented our result so far to Dr Carolyn Jewell from the International Jury and to Jehander on site at the quarry. We also had a longer discussion about the result and the competition in general.

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Site visit to Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord - park meets industrial heritage!

The site visit is an important tool for a landscape architect. By visiting existing projects within the same context, important design guidelines can be found. Our research phase consisted of a site visit to a post-industrial site reimagined: Landschaftpark Duisburg- Nord.

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Interview in "Stenkoll"

Interview with in Magazine "Stenkoll" published by the Swedish Aggregate Industry (SBMI)

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Every site has a story to tell - What happened here?

Research regarding the industrial heritage at Löten and how the quarry-industry changed the landscape. The more we researched the more traces of industrial heritage we found!

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Consultation with Göran Thor, professor in ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science

Startup meeting with Göran Thor. Presenting our vison. Getting feedback and a scientific-base to build our vison upon.

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Back to the drawingboard!

The project goes on and takes visual form. Analyzing site visits and understanding the big picture. Mapping the landscape at the Löten quarry, pinpoining areas of interest for biodiversity and new ideas.

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First Visits to the project-site Löten

Early in the process we made ​​a site visit to experience the quarry at Löten by ourselves. During February and March , two site visits to Löten was made. We got a tour of the site with the forman at Jehanders Olle Groth, aswell as a introduction of the industry at Löten. We also met with Kajsa Hebeler, Sustainability Project Manager at HeidelbergCement Sweden, and she gave us a introduction of the company and the industrial phases of making concrete and cement. During the visits , we also had...

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