OYSTER - Sweden’s biggest landscape seminar

OYSTER - Sweden’s biggest landscape seminar

On December 2, Oyster was finally back with a seminar and subsequent dinner and party. The Oyster Seminar 2022 wants you to consider a seemingly simple idiom – more or less, or just right. What does it mean in the context of our profession and for landscape architecture? A compromise or a choice? A middle ground or two extremes? Read more here: https://www.arkitekt.se/evenemang/oyster-2022/

What can More or Less mean in the context of our practice? An approximation and a question? A compromise and a choice. A middle ground or two extremes?

New trends in landscape architecture, rural- and urban development are utilizing both comprehensively breathtaking as well as ingeniously subtle design strategies combining old wisdoms with novel innovations. We are seeing bold decisions that create impactful, grandiose projects which address the challenges of our time as well as thoughtful initiatives that might change our way of thinking and living our everyday lives. Every project needs to decide where on these scales the most useful approach is to be found.

We believe urban design-, planning and landscape architecture are creative processes which cannot be completely captured by our consciousness. Do we consider More or Less as a way of emphasizing the presence of vagueness in such a creative process? Or do we take a practical approach – using it to examine how we can create more with less, achieve more by doing more or do more while creating less? Do we deconstruct it into its parts, using strategies derived from either Less or More or do we use More or Less as a strategy in itself?

Nevertheless, it is a dichotomy we must take into consideration in every process, every vision, every project. A more or less simple concept with unlimited depth and opportunity. We believe it is time to make a conscious decision. This is what the 2022 Oyster Seminar, more or less.

The Oyster 2022 speakers

Moderator: Pernilla Glaser

Pernilla Glaser is a writer, an educator and facilitator. She works in the intersection of art, research and civil society. Pernillas main focus is dialogue and collaborative practices. She is the initiator of Salong Krångel, a space for interdisciplinary knowledge on complexity and Festival of Sketches together with Museum of Sketches and Malmö University among others. Pernilla coaches and teaches among other places, at Uniarts Stockholm and the Foundation for industrial design.

Pernilla created the writing course for professional urban developers at The Swedish Architects and is starting a reading-circle on research for societal change together with Malmö University during 2023.

Chang Huaiyan & Yu Han Goh, Salad Dressing, Singapore

Salad Dressing is a landscape design firm based in Singapore. The studio leads a practice that leverages on the flux of humanity during this post-Anthropocene transition It is inspired by contemporary culture that is defined by information technology, genomic science and cosmic explorations. By magnifying humankind’s original limited ability through machines, the studio challenges a change in bio-ethnics. Salad Dressing embraces the transformation towards a seamless world where society, economy, technology and scientific progress are all dancing in tandem.

Beckie Cove, Jason Bruges Studio, England

Jason Bruges Studio is internationally renowned as a pioneer of the hybrid space between art, architecture, and technology. Through intervening in the urban environment, the Studio produces moments of theatre that weave a sense of magic into the fabric of a place. Bespoke and site-specific, each project explores interrelationships between people, data, nature and technology.

Lenora Ditzler, PhD, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Lenora Ditzler is an agricultural scientist working with the Farming Systems Ecology Group at Wageningen University. Her research on Pixel Cropping is focused on high-resolution small-scale farming systems where potential for combining the diversity of species is examined for increasing crop yield, advancing biodiversity, improving the soil quality and preserving resources.


CENTRALA is a Warsaw-based architecture and research studio that works with reinterpretations and spatial interventions aimed at renewing the language of architecture. In their architecture research practice, they examine the relationship between architecture and natural phenomena. They conceive of architecture as a process, considering gravity, water circulation, and atmospheric and astronomical events its building materials.

Darius Reznek, Karres en Brands, The Netherlands/Germany

Darius Reznek is one of the partners at Karres en Brands. His unique approach to urban development based on a landscape context earned him recognition from Europe’s 40 under 40 talent in Architecture and Design in 2020. Darius is responsible for the winning competition proposal for Hamburg’s newest district – Oberbillwerder. The masterplan is currently Germany’s largest and most ambitious development.

About The Oyster group

The Oyster group is a non-profit independent group of landscape architects and urban designers that promotes the development of landscape architecture and urban design in Sweden. Oyster presents a series of biennial seminars on landscape architecture and urban design that constitutes a forum for landscape architects in Sweden. The Oyster seminars, held in Stockholm, are the most important seminars in Sweden that focus on landscape architecture and related fields. They offer audiences the unique opportunity to engage with some of the most influential projects and leading international practitioners.

Each seminar tackles a specific theme. Previous themes have included All Inclusive, Future Fields, Into the Wild, Lost and found and Human Nature, with presentations from both practitioners and academics such as James Corner, Kathryn Gustafsson, Martin Rein-Cano, Michel Desvigne, Gabrielle Kiefer, Gross Max, Claude Cormier, ZUS, Thilo Folkerts, STOSS, Stig L Andersson. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Susan Herrington, Anuradha Mathur, Julie Bargmann, Eric-Jan Pleijster (LOLA) and Jonas Dahlberg. In 2017 we had the pleasure of having prominent guests such as Gunther Vogt, Timothy Norton, Gena Wirth, Linnea Tillett, Amica Dall and Jane Hall. In 2019 the lectureholders were: Cornelia Konrads from Germany, Eric Frijters from the Netherlands, Bas Smets from Belgium, Catherine Mosbach from France and Agis Tsouros from Greece. The series is supported by The Swedish Association of Architects.

Photo: Pia Jonsson

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