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Caroline Dahl

Caroline Dahl
Caroline Dahl is head of the Think Tank Movium, located at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU). The mission of the Think Tank Movium is to strengthen collaboration cross academia and practice, focusing on urban outdoor environments as a means to achieve sustainable urban development. In concurrence with being head of Movium Caroline is pursuing PhD-studies in landscape architecture at the Department of landscape architecture, planning and management at SLU, focussing on urban transformation beyond the masterplan.


Caroline Dahl was educated at the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Master of Spatial Planning) in Karlskrona, Sweden, as well as at SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture (Master of Architecture) in Los Angeles, USA. She has worked for various public and private authorities with urban planning, design, and renewal. Since 2014, she has been conducting PhD-studies in landscape architecture at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), focussing on urban transformation beyond the masterplan. 2010-2016 she worked at SLU as project manager of the research platform FUSE (Future Urban Sustainable Environments) in tandem with teaching obligations. Since 2016 she is the head of the Think Tank Movium and serves on the editorial board of the Swedish professional magazine STAD, dedicated to debate and reflections on contemporary urban landscapes. In concurrence with her academic engagement, she runs a research oriented design practice committed to mediate the intersections and overlaps between architecture and urbanism.


Caroline's doctoral project focuses on the masterplan as today’s primary tool for urban planning and design. It sets out to explore alternative modes of operating in order to formulate revised or alternate protocols for the transformation of urban landscapes. To do so, it draws upon inherent attributes of the discipline of landscape architecture; the ability to foster dynamic processes, to recognize the undeveloped as opportunities, and to raise action-oriented site knowledge. The doctoral project aims to introduce a landscape perspective and design thinking into the practice of urban transformation with the goal of freeing such projects up from Modernist principles and a masterplan culture. Using literature studies and design critiques of current transformation projects, such as Ile de Nantes in Nantes, France and Frihamnen in Gothenburg, Sweden, the studies intend to inform a design experiment. Additional concerns of this doctoral project include the promise (or menace) of parametric computation and how we understand change of space instead of state of space.

Selected publications


Lisa Diedrich & Caroline Dahl (2016) ”Ile de Nantes 2000–2010: a method for the meantime?”, Journal of Landscape Architecture, 11:2, 72-83, DOI:

Dahl, Caroline (2016) “Gothenborg’s Jublieumsparken 0.5 and Frihamnen: explorations into the aesthetic of DIY”, SPOOL Vol 3, No2. DOI:

Books and book-chapters

Dahl, Caroline (2017) "Att klyva ytan" in Höra hemma: om det bostadspolitiska dilemmat. Stockholm: Arkdes Resumé.

Per Hedfors & Caroline Dahl (eds.) (2015) Urkunder och husgudar – pionjärernas litteratur och andra källor till landskapsarkitektur. Alnarp: Movium  

Dahl, Per-Johan & Dahl, Caroline., (2012). Loft P – Tracing the Architecture of the Loft. Wien New York: Springer.

Cha, R., Dahl C., Lofti, A. (2008) ”Cohabitation” in Ilka and Andreas Ruby (eds.) Urban Transformation. Berlin:Ruby Press.

Professional journals

Dahl, Caroline (2016) “Luften vi andas”, Tidskriften STAD No 15, page 54.

Dahl, Caroline & Dahl, Per-Johan (2016) “The Celebration of Co-creation" Topos Magazine

Dahl, Caroline & Dahl, Per-Johan (2016) “Zwischen Wasser und Land" Baumeister

Diedrich, Lisa; Kahn, Andrea; Dahl, Caroline; Lindholm, Gunilla (2016) "Möten i hamnen: Nu, på lång sikt och i mellantiden" i LandskapNu!. Stockholm: Arkitekturförlag

Dahl, Caroline (2016) “Han lyfter fram det offentliga rummet”, Tidskriften STAD No 14.

Dahl, Caroline (2016) “Från tragedi till atmosfär” Tidskriften STAD No 13.

Dahl, Caroline (2016) “Bostadsbygge med lokala förtecken”  Tidskriften STAD No 12

Dahl, Caroline (2015) “Dags for ratad stadsmodell att se nytt ljus?” Tidskriften STAD No 11.

Dahl, Caroline (2015) “Zonen – stad eller camouflage?” Tidskriften STAD No 10.

Dahl, Caroline (2015) “Design är mer än form: Interview with Andrea Kahn!” Tidskriften STAD No 10.

Dahl, Caroline (2015) “Mer än bara greenwashing”,Tidskriften STAD No 9.

Dahl, Caroline (2015) “Småskalig stadsplanering en svår nöt att knäcka”, Tidskriften STAD No 8.

Dahl, Caroline (2014) “Högst poäng till vardagens landskap”,Tidskriften STAD No 7.

Dahl, Caroline (2014) “När bitarna faller på plats”, Tidskriften STAD No 7.

Dahl, Caroline (2014 ”Interview: Hej Patrik Faming!” Tidskriften STAD No 7.

Dahl, Caroline (2014) “Vad vill forskningsfinansiärerna egentligen veta om staden?”, Tidskriften STAD No 7.

Dahl, Caroline (2014)”Gatumat”, Tidskriften STAD No 5.

Dahl, Caroline (2014) ”Förändringsbenägen planering – omständligt eller nödvändigt?” Tidskriften STAD No 4.

Dahl, Caroline (2014)”Kerstin Nilermark – en väktare av det gemensamma”. Tidskriften STAD No 4.

Dahl, Caroline (2013) ”Blir det bättre att leva i en region med fler kärnor?” Tidskriften STAD No 3.

Dahl, Caroline & Dahl, Per-Johan (2012) “coLAB City och rummets innovativa kapacitet”. Plan No 1, 2012.


Lisa Diedrich, Andrea Kahn & Caroline Dahl (eds.) (2015) "Site-specific design: Driving forces for harbor transformation". LTV publication series 2015:27 


Senior Lecturer at the Institutionen för landskapsarkitektur, planering och förvaltning
Telephone: +46722131530
Postal address:
Box 190
234 22 Lomma
Visiting address: Slottsvägen 5, Alnarp, Alnarp