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HANNE WALLENGREN

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looking back at countless and countless of hours spent in front of Sim City as a kid, I have later come to understand that I’ve probably known what I want to pursue in life for a long time. As a progressive step towards my goal with pursuing a career in planning and the built environment, I am submitting this portfolio as part of my application to courses at the Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington. I am currently a fourth year student studying a Master in Engineering within SocioTechnical Systems at Uppsala University. In addition to being a well renowned Faculty, the reason to why I really want to study landscape architecture and urban design at FAD lies in its unique integrated approach on architecture, building science, planning and engineering. It resembles the orientation of my own education, where our engineering skills are tightly integrated with social science and human geography and where we are taught to tackle technical challenges with a holistic perspective, in order to make better decisions within urban development. However, I think many in my close circle were a little bit surprised that I wanted to study engineering at first, seeing how I am what they refer to a ‘highly creative creature’. But that is the thing, I see the challenges an inter-disciplinary perspective brings as highly creativity-demanding. Having to put challenges in the light of all different perspectives and possible outcomes challenges my creativity everyday. But they are also right, a degree can not include every aspect of things, and studying at FAD this upcoming academic year I hope to take on many interesting courses within creation of the built environment and further develop my architectural skills.


in this portfolio I have gathered a little bit of both from my four years of engineering studies. It includes relevant study work as well as projects from my internship at the Swedish real estate concern Vasakronan. A large part of my portfolio also consists of visionary work within architecture, landscape architecture and planning. In order to visualise these ideas I have used modelling software such as SketchUp and AutoCAD. Seeing how I do not have the conventional background within architecture, just mentioned 3D software constitutes new ground for me - something I hope to get to learn more thorough if getting to read courses at the Faculty. However, with my educational background with one foot within engineering science and the other in social science, I am certain I in return have a lot to offer and new perspectives to put to the table at courses at FAD. As the engineering student I am, I am always problem solving oriented. As earlier mentioned, I find creativity in the process of finding possible solutions to the problems encountered. In order to be successful within the field of urban development, it is my belief that one needs to be aware of the complex nature of the activity and see that in order for any given solution not to lose track of its purpose, one needs to keep an holistic approach. These aspects will therefore naturally recur in this portfolio, where I hope to show you my broad range of creative as well as technical skills. With this I too hope to show why I should get a chance to take on courses at the Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington.


content On Urban Densification and Social Sustainability Visionary work 2016

Young Girls in the Public Space Visionary art 2016

Construction Aaste Management Project for Vasakronan 2016

Street Development and Visitor Flow Analysis Project for Vasakronan 2016

Inspirational Footage Lofoten and New York


On Urban Densification and Social Sustainability An independent project with the aim to maintain social values within urban densification, 2016

But what happens when we dense the city is often that the social combined with the sustainability aspects gets overruled. Both the requirements of tomorrow put a ecological and the economical lot of pressure on today’s aspect on sustainability are development of new citites. generally taken into account In order to meet the needs of an nowadays, but have we increasing population, the city is somewhere down the line getting denser. This not only allows forgotten the social dimension, for a growing population, but also creating a city that undermines its enables green communication. main purpose of being a place where we actually want to live?

Today’s ongoing urbanization

This lead me up to the question of how we can plan for a built environment that does not only emphasize economic and ecologic aspects, but also incorporates social values? Being a holistic question, the issue really got me intrigued and I just had to reflect upon possible solutions. This led me to draw the sketch below and a little new take on housing creation in particular dense cities.


When handling a complex question, I feel the need to scale it down to something more tangible. This work revolves around a possible solution for housing in a high-density setting that has taken both economic, ecologic and social values into consideration.

Research, including a recent study from Uppsala University, show that how you thrive at home is highly dependent on the view outside your window. People that have some kind of sky-view from their window are shown to be more likely to feel at home in their accommodation. Similarly, looking straight onto another wall reduces the likelihood of restoration. However, that is one common effect of the densification of cities. In order to build economically, it’s a known fact that one wants to reduce the total facade area. But by including angled facades and windows for the lower levels, everybody gets their ’piece of heaven’, without losing too much of the total residential area. Another result of densification often involves a decrease in green spaces – in order to fit in more housing, parks and other ’natural elements’ are de-prioritized. But studies also show that physical as well as pshycological health decreases with an increase in distance to nearest green space. By turning the roof to a park- and recreation area, one does not only address the social dimension in providing green space on closest distance possible but also practising space efficiency. By including a green house where the tenants can grow their own plants and herbs, the objective is that they will feel more attached to the common space and therefore use and take more care of it. On the green house one could well install PV panels to provide the facility heat or electricity, seeing how it would not change the building’s appearence and not constitute any opposition.

On Urban Densification and Social Sustainability An independent project with the aim to maintain social values within urban densification, 2016


On Urban Densification and Social Sustainability An independent project with the aim to maintain social values within urban densification, 2016

A crucial aspect of sustainability is the long-range view. Planning is definitely no exception. However, when developing new housing, both architects as well as building contractors normally have a specific target group in mind. Even if this is a strategic necessity, we can not plan and build for just the one group but need to plan for more ’adaptive’ buildings - so we do not have to tore the whole house down and rebuild in a decade or so when the target groups might have shifted. By planning for housing that attracts varying groups of people, one can also enable for binding different social groups together. Numerous projects have emphasized the positive effects when planning for integrated neighbourhoods, and extra interesting to me are the programs within intergenerational planning. When developing housing for different age groups and households as well as planning for common areas that enable the neighbours to engage, I believe in a win-win situation that counteract seclusion and promote social sustainability.

The last aspect with my propsed house of social sustainability, addresses a question lying close to my heart. If looking closely, you might have noticed the garlands on the roof (and no, I have not planned for a birthday party). Just a few weeks ago I took part of a case study carried out in my home town, that came to the conclusion that almost 90 percent of the people using the communal playgrounds were boys or men. As part of the study the authors, in collaboration with a group of girls in the age 720, concluded some planning strategies in order for the public room to be more equally constructed. On the next page I have attached a simple sketch that I draw from my interpretation of the young girl’s view of what the public space should look like if planned with their objective in mind.


Young girls in the public space The creation of a room outside

Co-created art and space

These see-through screens provide shelter on a rainy day but lets the light in

A place to sit and just hang out that is not a long, straight bench somewhere in the background

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody. Jane Jacobs, 1964


Construction Waste Management A qualified waste analysis in Vasakronan’s building projects in order to reduce the company’s impact on the climate 2016

This summer I had an internship

at Sweden’s largest real estate company. One of my more extensive projects included conducting a waste analysis in Vasakronan’s building projects, as a step towards a more green operation. I was given a blank check to conclude some kind of strategy for how Vasakronan could operate in order to reduce their building related waste, so I let the problem solving engineer in me get to work.

The result included a review of Vasakronan’s current waste distribution in projects and an embryo to a program that based on reported waste amounts and variation calculates chosen key figures relevant to economic and ecological sustainability, including an estimation of the carbon dioxide equivalents emitted. This in order to be able to set and follow up on attainable goals.

The objective is a tool where the manager for the building project can record the waste numbers from different waste contractors as they are submitted. The project-specific key figures are then calculated, dependent on waste distribution.

A glimse of the waste analysis program. The program was only conducted in Swedish, but in order to get a picture of how it functions. The project’s area is entered on the left, the waste amounts to the upper right and dependent on material specific carbon dioxide equivalent, the key figures are calculated at bottom right.


One of my other work tasks at

Vasakronan included being part of a group project practising a creative approach in order to secure two streets in central Uppsala that had earlier been seen as unpleasent, especially during night time.

The objective proceeded from the perception that an increase in regular people flow generally leads to areas feeling more safe. In order to direct people to the street, we decided to add some street art to the otherwise lowkey exterior, and saw the opportunity in a couple of gray garage doors that got themselves a make over.

For me, the project also included conducting a visitor flow analysis in order to examine how people move in central Uppsala, with an emphasize on visitor flow during different events held in the city. In order to follow up on taken measurements for both future city events and the two ’unsafe’ streets my study also suggested the installment of more flow meters in the city.

Before This is what one of the streets used to look like before. With courtesy of Google Maps.

After the little make over.

Street Development and Visitor Flow Analysis A project at Vasakronan with the objective to increase people flow and thus ’secure’ the area around two streets in the Swedish city Uppsala. 2016


Inspirational Footage Lofoten 2016

The last body of work that I want to share with you includes some footage that I have taken travelling to two different places that have had special impact on me.

A lot of people get inspired by extremes. I can admit I am no exception. The Norwegian archipelago Lofoten and the city of cities New York are probably as different as two places can be, and they have inspired me in very different ways.


Inspirational Footage Lofoten 2016

What really attracts me with Lofoten is its unpredictable nature. In addition to the dramatic landscape this Norwegian archipelago offers, there are many signs that tell a story of where man has tried to make a long lasting mark on the islands, but failed. Not the least within the built environment.

The old fishing village of Nyksund (upper left) can work as an example. It used to be a thriving village doing great business off Norway’s fish-rich oceans. However, the fishermen had very specific requirements on the design of their houses in order for them to be as funcional as possible. In spite of the village being exposed to extreme winds coming in from the Norwegian Sea, the fishermen were determined to build their houses so that they depended on wooden poles placed in the water. Almost every fall, the storms coming in tore down the poles and houses with them, but the fishermen kept rebuilding the houses in the same manner, thinking they could ’conquer nature’. But nature is chaotic and can not be orderly put on place and when the fishing industry moved out from Lofoten during the 70s, the fishermen had to give in at last. Left today is a ghost like village that bear witness of a time where people thought nature is something we can order and plan for.


Inspirational Footage New York 2016

I am keeping the same theme, when

reflecting upon New York and its architecture. To me it seems that for a long time, a distinctive feature of spatial planning globally has been the desire to settle orderly places. All sites should be possible to divide into different factions based on their carefully planned-for set of character: public or private, city or country, nature or culture. This objective and somewhat conflict of interest is something I seem to often come back to. On the one hand, I can understand the thought of the ordered place as satisfactory. On the other hand, I like to challenge this perception. We are after all planning for cities and counties in order for us to live and thrive in them. And life is not ordered nor without chaotic elements every now and then, quite the contrary. The whole world is full of entropy and is it really fruitful for our spatial planning to run counter to this?

This is where it gets interesting. New York is a city full of graffiti, an activity that is traditionally regarded as a problem by spatial planners, it has its extremely popular High Line park that started out as a place for guerrilla gardening, and much more. Still, I get the feeling the spatial planners in New York are not less focused on the ordering of physical places than planners in other cities. When scratching a bit on the surface, one soon realizes that most graffiti in the city is being painted on during daylight by payed contractors and that High Line park is watered and tide up and every Monday buy a gardener named Bob. It seems that New York’s spatial planning resembles the everyday life and entropy that comes with it, but that it is in fact a ‘planned-for chaos’. Meaning that the built environment is more in concert with our lives daily disorder, however, is a planned chaos really chaotic? Or are we still just trying to keep the natural chaos in check, using new tools but an old strategy?


Inspirational Footage New York 2016

Being a civil engineer, it is no wild guess I am extra fascinated by bridges. In addition to the artwork combining creation and engineering, it has such strong symbolism. As an undeniable link between two formerly separated poles. Accordingly, my engineer influenced portfolio includes photos of Brooklyn Bridge. Arguably the world’s second most famous bridge, and to many the most fascinating in its unique architecture. Even if I agree, I must say Williamsburg bridge made a bigger impact on me. Its countless tags and secret messages engraved in the pink steel beams made my reflect upon how many people that have actually been a part in the formation of the bridge. That made me reflect, and I felt inspired by the fact that the bridge really is not created just for the people, but by the people. Coloured by their everyday lives.


Thank you so much for taking your time to review my portfolio! I hope that you understand my genuine interest in the courses I have applied for at the Faculty of Architecture and Design. As earlier stated, I also believe that I with my inter-disciplinary background with one foot within engineering and one within social science and spatial planning have a lot to offer to FAD.


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