Designed Urban Greens - A critical study of the experience of the High Line Park and Under the Crystal

Casper Laing Ebbensgaard

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Recent examples of designed urban greens have changed the aesthetic language of green spaces within cities. Known as super natural, these designs do not look like na- ture. Rather, they integrate natural processes into design. By adopting a dual ontol- ogy encompassing phenomenology and vitalist philosophy, I argue it is possible to understand experience and immanence of these spaces. I present three arguments: Firstly, the experiences of designed urban greens are part of everyday meaning- making, providing people with a pause, potentially inspiring and adding value to their everyday life. Secondly, designers and planners acknowledge this potential but still demonstrate a disconnect between their intentions and actual experiences. Thirdly, this disconnect results in exclusive spaces that are not co-creative and open-ended as professed. I conclude that the designed urban greens under scrutiny, point in possible directions for future spatial design, but in their current form are experientially limiting.

UddannelserPlan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatGeografi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 aug. 2013
VejledereKirsten Simonsen & Jesper Pagh


  • Ethnography
  • Expereince
  • nature
  • Merleau-Ponty
  • Guattari
  • phenomenology
  • urban green
  • Auto-ethnography
  • Spatial design
  • vitality
  • design
  • Designed Urban Greens
  • landscape