Oyster 2022

The 2022 Oyster Seminar wants you to consider a seemingly simple idiom – more or less. Färgfabriken in Stockholm, 2 december 2022. Save the date, further information is coming.

Graphic form – Anna Ericsson Hybbinette.

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.

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.

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